Vale: Meat Loaf
Singer Meat Loaf has died just weeks before he was due to visit Australia to make a TV pilot.
Singer / actor Meat Loaf, best known for his iconic Bat Out of Hell album, has died aged 74, just weeks before he was due to visit Australia to make a TV pilot.
Michael Lee Aday (born Marvin Lee Aday), he got his nickname when his dad said he looked as red as meat at birth, before a high school football coach added the “loaf”.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” family posted on Facebook.
“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.”
“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!”
No immediate cause of death was released by his family or representatives.
Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell trilogy, written by Jim Steinman, sold millions of albums worldwide with hits including “Took the Words Right Outta My Mouth,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.”
He released a string of other albums in the late 1970s and 1980s, and duetted with Cher on the 1981 track Dead Ringer for Love. His hit I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) was a best-selling single in 1993.
Auditions had already opened for a pilot of I’d Do Anything For Love as a dating show for a US network. It is to be produced in Australia by ITV Studios, expected to film in March.
He also appeared as an actor in films including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club, Wayne’s World, Spiceworld: The Movie, Face to Face and Urban Decay.
In Television he acted in House, The Outer Limits, Tales from the Crypt, Ghost Wars, Elementary, Fairly Legal, Strike Force, The Equalizer, Monk, Glee, Ghost Wars and as himself in Spicks & Specks, The Celebrity Apprentice, Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Don’t Forget the Lyrics and yes that AFL Grand Final in 2011.