Bat out of Hell singer Meat Loaf reportedly died after contracting coronavirus, celebrity news site TMZ has claimed. The star was confirmed to have died on Thursday, at the age of 74, by his family, who announced the tragic news in a statement earlier today.
They said: “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.”
The statement continued: “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.”
The US media outlet has now claimed Meat Loaf fell “seriously ill” after catching Covid recently.
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As well as his singing career, Meat Loaf was also an actor.
Some of his notable parts included playing Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Bob in Fight Club.
Tributes have been pouring in for the star since the news was announced.
Queen musician Brian May wrote on Instagram: “Completely gutted that Meat Loaf has left us. Always full of madness, with the innocent sense of naughtiness of a 5-year old, Meat was forever young.
“I called him Mr Loaf, and he called me when he wanted some wacky guitar playing. We had so much fun so many times, and, just three months younger than me, he felt like a brother.”
Singer Rick Astley penned: “Meat Loaf. What a legend. Rest in peace – Rick x.”
Stephen Fry wrote: “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf.
“Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century… he had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful…”