Meat Loaf, the iconic entertainer known for his theatricality and powerhouse voice, has died. He was 74.
His death was confirmed by a statement on his official Facebook page. A cause of death has yet to be announced.
“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,” it says. “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!”
Born Marvin Lee Aday, the Dallas Texas native’s career spanned six decades. In that time, he sold over 100 million albums and appeared in over 65 movies, including critical darlings and pop culture gems like Fight Club, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.
After a brief stint in Los Angeles, Meat Loaf headed to New York City in 1970 and went on to perform in a number of musicals on Broadway, such as Hair, Rockabye Hamlet and The Rocky Horror Show, in addition to a number of off-Broadway shows.
Toward the end of the decade, Meat Loaf and lyricist Jim Steinman released his legendary debut: the operatic rock album Bat Out of Hell. The 1977 record spent 82 weeks on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum fourteen times. Subsequent albums Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose were certified platinum five times and gold, respectively.
Twitter and Instagram saw an outpouring of grief and tributes from fans, celebrity peers and even politicians. His individuality and star power was perhaps best captured in a thread by Alice Cooper.
“Meat Loaf was one of the greatest voices in Rock N Roll, and he was certainly one of my closest friends in the business. He was really so much fun, truly fun to be around. He just felt like a best friend to everyone no matter how long it had been since you last saw him,” he wrote, later adding, “I remember when you would see his show, he would treat the audience almost like a Pentecostal Preacher and he was so powerful on stage.”
Edward Norton, who acted alongside Meat Loaf in Fight Club, shared that he keeps a framed still from their scene together in the David Fincher film in his office.
“I don’t keep pictures from films around home. But I have this one in my office in a frame bc it makes me smile every time. It’s engraved ‘Love and Hugs, Meat’ it sums him up well. He was so funny. And gentle. And warm to everyone. A sweet soul. RIP Meat Loaf,” Norton wrote.
See more tributes below.
RIP Meatloaf pic.twitter.com/KpU7VOrVXH— Tenacious D (@tenaciousd) January 21, 2022
I don’t keep pictures from films around home. But I have this one in my office in a frame bc it makes me smile every time. It’s engraved ‘Love and Hugs, Meat’ it sums him up well. He was so funny. And gentle. And warm to everyone. A sweet soul. RIP Meat Loaf pic.twitter.com/aMrIgXByEc— Edward Norton (@EdwardNorton) January 21, 2022
He was passionate. A softie. Kind. And talented as hell. And he was my friend. My heart is broken into a million pieces. RIP my friend, Meat Loaf. pic.twitter.com/SP0BPJ9AaX— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 21, 2022
Woke up this morning to the sad news that Meat Loaf had passed away. What a tremendous talent gone way too soon. He was also one of the nicest people anyone could ever want to know. This world is a little less bright without him in it. #RIPMeat pic.twitter.com/vCtRCTn3nh— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) January 21, 2022
R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 21, 2022
Debbie and Meatloaf in a limo around 1979-80 pic.twitter.com/ZuYIiHJj3a— Cʜʀɪs Sᴛᴇɪɴ (@chrissteinplays) January 21, 2022
“Toll a bell for the broken hearted !” The song said it best ! Thank u Meat Loaf for embracing me and believing in me from the very beginning. Rest well my friend ! pic.twitter.com/4NWkp3hWOC— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) January 21, 2022
We wanted you, we needed you--and we loved you. Three out of three after all, Meatloaf. You will be missed.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 21, 2022
A gentle hearted powerhouse rockstar forever and ever. You were so kind. Your music will always be iconic. I’m sure you’re singing concerts in the great beyond. Rest In Peace sir. #MeatLoafRIP #Meatloaf pic.twitter.com/9twdJcOeP1— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) January 21, 2022
‘From his heart to your souls...Don’t ever stop rocking!’— Anthrax (@Anthrax) January 21, 2022
We’re deeply saddened that the incomparable, truly one of a kind Meat Loaf is no longer with us. Our deepest condolences to Pearl, Scott and everyone in the family.
All our Love. pic.twitter.com/ClEdRFOl4L
Meat Loaf was one of the greatest voices in Rock N Roll, and he was certainly one of my closest friends in the business. He was really so much fun, truly fun to be around. He just felt like a best friend to everyone no matter how long it had been since you last saw him.— Alice Cooper (@alicecooper) January 21, 2022
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