FANS MOURN THE PASSING OF 'BAT OUT OF HELL' SINGER-SONGWRITER MEAT LOAF AT 74

Jan 21, 2022

By Jane Brown

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Beloved by his fans, rock superstar Meat Loaf has died at the age of 74.

The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, according to a family statement provided by his longtime agent Michael Greene.

“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” the statement said. “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. From his heart to your souls, don’t ever stop rocking!”

No cause or other details were given, but Aday had numerous health scares over the years. A TMZ report he died after contracting COVID-19.

Bat Out of Hell, his mega-selling collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, came out in 1977 and made him one of the most recognizable performers in rock.

Fans fell hard for the roaring vocals of the long-haired, 250-plus pound singer and for the comic non-romance of the title track, You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad and Paradise By the Dashboard Light, an operatic cautionary tale about going all the way.

After a slow start and mixed reviews, Bat Out of Hell became one of the top-selling albums in history, with worldwide sales of more than 40-million copies.

Bat Out Of Hell The Musical played to audiences here in Toronto back in 2018. In fact, Meat Loaf himself came to Toronto to promote the stage production.

Friends and fans mourned his death on social media. “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf,” actor Stephen Fry said on Twitter. Andrew Lloyd Webber tweeted: “The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock.” And Adam Lambert called Meat Loaf: “A gentle hearted powerhouse rock star forever and ever. You were so kind. Your music will always be iconic.”

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