Meatloaf dead – Bat Out Of Hell legend dies aged 74 after six-decade career
SINGING legend Meat Loaf has died aged 74 after a distinguished career spanning six decades.
Born Marvin Lee Aday in Texas, he rose to fame with his powerful, wide voice.
The star has sold millions of albums worldwide, with the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy among his most popular musical offerings.
He received the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony in 2016, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to “bring love back to this world”.
In a heartbreaking tribute posted on the star’s official Facebook page, it was revealed he died along with his wife on Thursday night Deborah Gillespie From his side.
The statement read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.
“Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours.
“His incredible career has spanned 6 decades which has seen him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 films including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World. Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 best-selling albums of all time.
“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are going through this time of grief at losing such an inspiring artist and a beautiful man.
“We appreciate your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From her heart to your souls…never stop swaying!”
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The rock veteran had been battling health issues and rumors he was dying since collapsing on stage in June 2016 and appearing in a number of interviews with the disorder speech, even Katie Price telling him she thought he was dead.
He was forced to deny that he had died.
But he underwent back surgery almost two months ago to remove a cyst on his back – and he explained for the last time what was happening.
“Look, I’m not dying. After three months of therapy, everything will be fine. I’m tired of talking about it. I don’t want to talk about it from now on,” he said.
“And anyone who asks me the question, I’m not going to answer it.”
In 2012, Meat Loaf claimed that dying on stage would be the “best thing” that could happen to him.
“I will die for you,” he said in an interview with Tinnitist.
“I will literally die for an audience. The best thing that can happen to me is that I die on stage.
“Because then I’m dying to do what I love. I hate to interrupt us but I have to go.”
Meat Loaf was last pictured performing on March 27 last year when he performed with country artist John Rich at Redneck Riviera in Nashville.
The cause of the singer’s death has not yet been revealed.
The rock star was born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas in 1947, forming his first band Meat Loaf Soul in the 1960s and legally changing his name to Michael Lee Aday.
He had the nickname Meat Loaf since he was a child and kept it when he took the stage.
In 2016, he told Oprah he was “born bright red” and his dad called him Meat because he “looked like nine and a half pounds of ground chuck.”
The second part is said to have taken place when he was 13 years old and accidentally stepped on his athletic trainer, who yelled, “Get off my foot, you meatloaf!”
Meat Loaf’s colorful career has seen him not only wow fans with his music, but also with his theatrical acting as he has appeared in over 50 movies and TV shows – including the 1997 film Spice World.
In 1973, he was cast in the original LA Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Show, playing the roles of Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott.
He went on to a stunning singing career – with Bat Out of Hell remaining one of the top 10 best-selling albums of all time, with around 200,000 copies still flying off the shelves each year.
The star has sold over 80 million records worldwide, winning a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for I’d Do Anything for Love and the Brit Awards in 1994 for Best Selling Album and Single.
But Meat Loaf in a 2018 interview with rolling stone, he revealed that he would “never be a rock & roll star” and wanted to play professional football instead.
The international legend even adopted Hartlepool FC as his favorite football club after knowing he would be asked which team he supported during a conversation on Sky Sports’ Saturday morning Soccer AM show in 2003.
Speaking to Setanta Sports News about his enthusiasm for the team, he said: “I started asking ‘what would be a really weird team for me to say I support? “The person I was talking to said Hartlepool. Fantastic!
“I looked at them, I looked at their record, I went online, I looked at their pitch.
‘I look and see’ Did Hartlepool win? Yeah! OKAY!”
“My favorite Hartlepool story is the monkey that washed up on the shore that they hung because they thought it was a Frenchman. I said ‘any team that will hang a monkey and think that it’s a Frenchman that I support”. That’s all. That’s the bottom line.
Meat Loaf married Canadian Deborah Gillespie, his second wife, in 2007 – splitting their time between Los Angeles and Texas.
He met his first wife Leslie Edmonds, then secretary of Bearsville Records in New York – and the couple married after just about a month in 1979.
Bat Out of Hell producer Todd Rundgren said Billboard the rocker popped the question while presenting Leslie with “a giant whole salmon. And it was like a bear had proposed to his mate. Instead of a ring, a salmon.”
The couple divorced in 2001.
In 2020, the legend said he was going vegan for Veganuary in a bid to help the planet – but refused to rebrand himself as Veg Loaf for the month as part of a Frankie & Benny campaign.
He had been a vegetarian for 11 years, but returned to a meat diet after health reasons forced him to lose weight.
Piers Morgan was among those mourning the late rock legend, writing on Twitter: “RIP Meat Loaf, 74.
“One of rock music‘s all-time greats whose iconic landmark album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the best-selling records in history.
“A wonderfully talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.”
Singer Cher said she had “so much fun” with Meat Loaf when she worked with him on his 1981 album Dead Ringer.
In a tribute posted on Twitter, she added, “I’m so sorry to his family, friends and fans.
“Am I imagining it, or do amazing people in the arts die every other day.”
Actor Stephen Fry described him as “both creepy and cuddly” in a touching tribute.
He tweeted: “I hope heaven is as you remember it dash light Meat Loaf.
“I had fun doing a skit with him on Saturday Live last century.
“He had the quality of being both creepy and cuddly, which is rare and quite wonderful.”
And BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley called her voice “amazing”.
She wrote in a tweet: “God I loved Bat Out of Hell. Soundtrack to my youth. Sad news RIP Meatloaf.
“Extraordinary voice. Phenomenal character (sic).”