On Friday morning, January 21, 2022, we woke up to the news that Meat Loaf, the singer best known for the “Bat Out of Hell” album, had died at the age of 74.
Despite some people suggesting on social media that Covid-19 may have played a part, no cause of death has been announced.
A statement from the family on his official Facebook page read as follows:
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.
Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.
His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World”.
“Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time. 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!”
TMZ is reporting the singer’s manager, Michael Greene, confirmed Meat Loaf died Thursday night.
Sources with knowledge tell TMZ that he was supposed to attend a business dinner earlier this week for a show he’s working on “I’d Do Anything for Love”, but the dinner was canceled because he became seriously ill with COVID.
Sources tell TMZ that his condition quickly became critical.
TMZ’s sources say Meat Loaf has been outspoken about COVID, railing with folks in Australia recently about vaccine mandates. We do not know if he was vaccinated.
Greene added that Meat Loaf’s wife and 2 daughters were by his side when he passed away.