With his operatic voice and larger-than-life demeanour, the star – who was born Marvin Lee Aday – had been a mainstay of the rock ‘n’ roll scene since his seminal album, Bat Out Of Hell, hit the charts in 1977.
A post on Meat Loaf’s official Facebook page on January 21 read, “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours. 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!”
At the time of OK! going to press, the cause of death had not been confirmed – although there was a suggestion he may have been suffering from Covid-19.
Meat Loaf’s passing was a sad day for rock ‘n’ roll fans, who had watched the star grow from his breakout role in The Rocky Horror Show to the multi-million-selling artist whose Bat Out Of Hell album remains one of the biggest of all time.
The star was born in Dallas, Texas, on 27 September 1947, and was an only child. His father Orvis, a former police officer, had developed a problem with alcohol after being medically discharged from the army during the Second World War, while his mother Wilma was a school teacher and gospel choir singer.
Meat Loaf began his theatrical career young, starring in high school productions – which is where he also landed a reputation for being a hit with the ladies. Speaking to the Houston Press in 2014, he said, “I always dated the best-looking girls in school, the gorgeous ones, the prom queens, and I was huge. I weighed almost 300lb.
“And these guys would come up to me and say, ‘How does a fat motherf****r like you get all these women?’ And you know what I’d tell them? I’d say, ‘Because I understand.’ And they’d just look at me.”
He went to North Texas State University but moved to Los Angeles after his mother died and made ends meet as a parking attendant.
Meanwhile, he formed his first band, Meat Loaf Soul, naming it with an amalgamation of childhood nicknames.
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