Grammy-winning artist Meat Loaf, whose real name is Michael Lee Aday, has died. He turned 74 years old.
Manager Michael Greene confirms this, on behalf of the family Deadline.
– We know how much he meant to so many of you, and we really appreciate all the love and support as we go through this time of mourning by losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. From his heart to their souls – never stop rocking, the family said in a statement.
The cause of death is currently unknown.
A Facebook post about the death has also been posted on his official page.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf has passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. The daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the last 24 hours “, it says.
Meat Loaf has sold over 100 million records worldwide, and his biggest hit is “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”.
He also collaborated with Marion Ravn (37) on the cover version of “It’s All Coming Back To Me”. She was also a warm-up artist on his world tour in 2006 and 2007.
Meat Loaf also had success on screen, including for the film version of the musical “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, as Eddie. In total, he has appeared in as many as 65 films, including “Fight Club” and “Focus”.
He leaves behind his wife Deborah Gillespie, whom he married in 2007. He was previously married to Leslie G. Edmonds, with whom he had a daughter, Amanda Aday (41).
She had a daughter, Pearl Aday (47), from a previous marriage, with whom Meat Loaf had a close family relationship until his death.
The artist was known for being lively on stage, which also led to several accidents. As late as 2019, he broke his collarbone after stumbling on stage. He has also collapsed several times on stage.
Many now express their grief over the loss of the artist. Among them is the artist Cher, who has the song “Dead Ringer for Love” with Meat Loaf in the 80’s.
“I had so much fun with Meat Loaf when we made ‘Dead Ringer’. My condolences to family, friends and fans. Do I imagine that, or do many famous artists die every other day? », She asks on Twitter.