Texas rocker Meat Loaf was seriously ill with Covid-19 before his death, according to a new report from TMZ. An unnamed source allegedly spoke with reporters after his manager, Michael Greene, confirmed that the singer died at age 74.
Reportedly, Meat Loaf, whose real name was Marvin Lee Aday, was getting ready to attend a business dinner earlier in the week when he was forced to cancel. It is unknown who the legendary rock singer was supposed to meet, but the source claims that he came down with a case of Covid-19 that quickly put him into critical condition.
The singer criticized vaccine mandates over the last few months and was very outspoken about the right to choose whether to receive the Covid-19 vaccine or not. It is unknown at this time if Meat Loaf was vaccinated.
Although there was no mention of the virus in the official announcement of his death on Facebook, sources from TMZ say he was recently in Australia where he joined protestors and railed against vaccine mandates.
He is survived by his wife Deborah, as well as his daughters Pearl and Amanda, who were by his bedside when he passed. Close friends reportedly also spent time with him in his last remaining hours, though no one in specific was named by sources.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” the Facebook post 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. 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!”
Reaching out to fans on social media this past November, Meat Loaf announced a series of projects and provided life updates, such as significant back surgery that he had earlier in the year.
“I could not walk get in or out of bed without help. Could do nothing!!!!!” he wrote, adding that he was in immense pain even after surgery. “I now have 13 screws holding on a metal plate or plates in half my back.”
He told his fans not to opt for back surgery, and that “there are many other things I would have tried had I known what my life would be like afterwards.”
Meat Loaf also announced that he was finishing recording a new album, which will most likely still see posthumous release, and that he was working on a variety television show incorporating music “challenge games, and a little ‘Fear Factor’ thrown in.”
Though primarily known for his outlandish, eight-minute rock operas, Meat Loaf acted in many films throughout his career as well such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club, Out of Bounds, Wayne’s World, and Focus. He also appeared on television for an episode of Monk titled “Mr. Monk and the Voodoo Curse” and was a main cast member for the recent paranormal SyFy drama Ghost Wars.
His debut album, Bat out of Hell, is considered by many music critics one of the greatest rock albums of all time. The 1977 record is among the top 10 best-selling albums of all time, selling over 44 million copies since its release. Some of the best tracks include “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” aside from the opening title-track.
“I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf,” actor Stephen Fry wrote on Twitter. “He had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful.”
“RIP Meat Loaf,” wrote Andrew Lloyd Webber. “The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock.”