Rockstar Meatloaf and vocal anti-vax singer; passed away on January 20; according to his agent. The performer was known for his best-selling album, ‘Bat Out Of Hell’. Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas in 1947; he later changed his first name to Michael; and took the stage name of Meat Loaf based on a childhood nickname, according to The New York Times.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah; daughters Pearl and Amanda, and close friends,” the post said. “His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show, andWayne’s World. Bat Out Of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.”
Meatloaf Was Battling COVID At Time Of Death
Although the reason for his death has not yet been confirmed; according to TMZ, he had been battling COVID.
The singer had also previously spoken out against pandemic safety protocols. It’s unclear whether he was vaccinated.
In May, Meat Loaf shared a link to Eric Clapton and Van Morrison’s anti-lockdown song “Stand & Deliver” on Facebook, captioning it, “A song of great interest and learning. Listen and Learn.” He also shared his views on the pandemic with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in August. “I hug people in the middle of COVID,” he said. “I understood stopping life for a little while, but they cannot continue to stop life because of politics. And right now they’re stopping because of politics.”
After the interviewer told him; “Oh, God. We’re being controlled by everybody,” Meat Loaf responded, “Yeah, I know. But not me. If I die, I die; but I’m not going to be controlled.”
Many stars paid tribute to the artist on social media; honoring his most loved album, ‘Bat Out Of Hell.’
His Hit Single Was Repeatedly Played At An Anti-Vax Protest
In September he tried to sing happy birthday for a fan but he had to admit that he couldn’t because his voice was hoarse. Over the weekend, anti-vaxxers in Washington, D.C. blarred the rockstars hit, ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That); while protesting against recent vaccine mandates. Meanwhile, Howard Stern urged Meatloaf’s family to encourage the public to get vaccinated.