The ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ icon – real name Marvin Lee Aday – passed away last Thursday (January 20), according to a statement posted on his official Facebook page. He was 74 years old.
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Reports have since emerged claiming Aday died after falling seriously ill with COVID, though a cause of death has not yet been confirmed. It is not known whether Meat Loaf had been vaccinated against the virus.
Last year the musician shared a link to Eric Clapton and Van Morrison‘s collaborative anti-lockdown song, ‘Stand And Deliver’, and said in interviews that he was opposed to government-enforced restrictions.
Speaking about the late artist on his SiriusXM radio show this week, host Stern explained: “Poor Meat Loaf got sucked into some weird fucking cult.
“And somehow [he] really believed that – he made a statement, ‘I’d rather die a free man than take that vaccine’. And now he’s dead!”
He continued: “I wish the family would come forward and say, ‘Ya know, when Meat Loaf was laying there in the hospital and he couldn’t breathe, he said, ‘I made a mistake. I should have taken the vaccine’. Like all these anti-vaxxers, they all say, ‘I made a mistake’.”
Elsewhere, Stern said that he was “always fascinated” by Meat Loaf and his “unusual” musical style. “It was almost like a Broadway show kinda thing,” he explained on the show.
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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian – who is married to Meat Loaf’s adopted stepdaughter, Pearl Aday – paid tribute to his late father-in-law on social media this week, writing: “There are so many stories to tell, and I know they will all be told over time.
“For now, what I know is that Meat’s legacy will live on through his family – Pearl, Amanda and Revel.”
In a statement announcing Meat Loaf’s death, it was confirmed that the star “passed away tonight [January 20] with his wife Deborah by his side”, adding: “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”