Tributes pour in for Meat Loaf, who has died aged 74

Virgin Radio

21 Jan 2022, 08:58

Credit: Getty

Credit: Getty

The iconic singer and actor Meat Loaf has died.

The artist, who scored massive hits including Bat Out Of Hell and I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That), passed away on Thursday night with his wife Deborah by his side. No cause of death was shared.

A statement posted on Meat Loaf’s official Facebook page 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 throughout the last 24 hours.

“His amazing career spanned 6 decades that 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. Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 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.

“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!”

The Grammy winner, who was born Marvin Lee Aday, sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. As an actor, Meat Loaf appeared in classics such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club.

On Virgin Radio this morning, Chris Evans recalled the time he played golf with Meatloaf, who he described as “an awful golfer, brilliant human being, legendary rock star”. You can watch the pair in action below:

Meanwhile, tributes have been flooding in on social media.

Stephen Fry wrote: “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf. Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century.”

Comic Janey Godley wrote: “The first album I bought, wee record shop Shettleston rd 1978, I carried it home like a new baby, opened the record player, took off my Donny Osmond LP, placed Meat Loaf on the turntable, dropped the needle & sat back on my single bed to let the HUGE music wave over my soul.”

Legendary singer Cher wrote: "Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did 'Dead Ringer'. Am Very Sorry For His Family, Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day?"

Piers Morgan said on Twitter: “RIP Meat Loaf, 74. One of rock music’s all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest-selling records in history. A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.”

Paul Gambaccini spoke on Good Morning Britain, saying he was “crushed”, and Sky’s Kay Burley wrote on Twitter: “Very sad news that Meat Loaf has died. ‘I’d do anything for love’ was a massive hit in 1993, reached Number one in 28 countries and was a firm favourite in our house.”

As a tribute to the great man, we are playing a Meat Loaf classic each hour today on Virgin Radio Anthems.

Also, on Sunday night at 9pm on Virgin Radio Anthems, Ben Jones will have the Story of Meatloaf with an hour special. Ben met and interviewed Meatloaf on numerous occasions, and in this special show he presents a tribute to the man and his music. You'll hear archive interviews with him along with some of his classic songs. Be sure to listen in.

Rest in peace, Meat Loaf.