MEAT LOAF dead at 74
Iconic rock singer Meat Loaf has died at the age of 74 last thursday (January 20th). The news of his passing was confirmed on the musician’s Facebook page by his family.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends,” the post said.
Meat Loaf‘s amazing career spanned six decades and saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World”.
His “Bat Out Of Hell” remains one of the 10 top-selling albums of all time.
“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man,” the post added.
“We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.
“From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
No cause of death has yet been revealed.
The Dallas-born singer’s real name was Marvin Lee Aday.
His 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” earned him a Grammy Award.
“Bat Out Of Hell” was also adapted as a stage musical, written by longtime collaborator Jim Steinman.
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has paid tribute to Meat Loaf, who was his father-in-law.
“There are so many stories to tell, and I know they will all be told over time. For now, what I know is that Meat‘s legacy will live on through his family – Pearl, Amanda and Revel. Their forever love for their father/grandfather (Papa Meat) outweighs the heaviness of their hearts.
“Thank you to everyone for the outpouring of love, we feel it.
“I love you Meat.”
Ian and his wife, Meat‘s daughter Pearl Aday, celebrated their eleventh wedding anniversary on January 15.
Scott and Pearl met in 1999 when ANTHRAX was out on the “Maximum Rock” summer package tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE, which featured Pearl as one of its back-up singers. Their son Revel Young Ian was born in June 2011.
Since the news broke out, many rockers have taken to social media to respond to the news of Meat Loaf’s passing.