By: Virginia Riddle
Late Thursday evening, famous singer and actor Meat Loaf’s official Facebook page posted an announcement of his death.
The famed singer died in the company of his family, as the Facebook post read, “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” the statement read. “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”
Born Marvin Lee Aday, Meat Loaf was one of the most iconic figures in the history of rock music. His career spanned six decades and included the sale of over 100 million albums worldwide. Meat Loaf’s album “Bat Out of Hell” debuted in 1977 and, to this day, continues to be one of the top-selling albums of all time. By 1994, Meat Loaf won a Grammy Award for his song “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), which had been thirty-eight on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of the year.
He also had a substantial acting career, appearing in over 65 movies that included “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Fight Club”.
The superstar’s death was further commented on in the official Facebook post, as it read, “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!”
This led to numerous public reactions from celebrities, such as Cher’s tweet that read, “Had So Much Fun with Meatloaf When We Did ‘Dead Ringer’. Am Very Sorry For His Family, Friends, & Fans,” Cher wrote. “Am I imagining It or Are Amazing (people) In The Arts Dying every other Day!?”
Bonnie Tyler: a Rock/Pop artist popular in the 1970s, wrote, “He was, as you might imagine, a larger-than-life character with a voice & stage presence to match & is one of those rare people who truly was a one-off talent and personality.”
Pop artist Adam Lambert posted a comment beside a picture of the two men together that read, “A gentle-hearted powerhouse rockstar forever and ever,” he continued to address the late star by saying, “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.”
Similarly, Andrew Lloyd Webber commented “The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock. RIP Meatloaf. Give my best to Jim.”
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