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Meatloaf dies: Bonnie Tyler, Cher and Brian May pay tribute to singer and actor after age 74

Starters, including Cher and Bonnie Tyler, have paid tribute to singer Meat Loaf, who has died at the age of 74.

The Bat Out Of Hell singer died surrounded by his family on Friday.

Lorraine Crosby, who sang on her hit number one single I’d Do Anything for Love, has said that working with her was “terrible, intimidating and wonderful”.

“I never dreamed that one day I would actually sing with him,” she said.

“He was unbelievable.”

She continued: “When you walk into a recording booth with Meatloaf, when you’re a little thing, it’s a pretty tough prospect, but we’ve had incredible chemistry from the time we met and the song was perfect. Turned out wonderful.

“It was terrifying, intimidating and wonderful all at the same time.”

Bonnie Tyler, who worked with Meat Loaf and her late writing partner Jim Steinman, called the artist a “larger than life character”, adding: “I am shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Meatloaf.

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“It was listening to his Bat Out of Hell album, an all-time classic, that inspired me to work with the late Jim Steinman.

“I was fortunate to have an album later with Meat Loaf and Jim, Heaven and Hell. He was, as you can imagine, a larger than life character with a voice and stage presence and one of those rare One who really had one-off talent and personality.

“I will miss him as will his millions of fans around the world. Rest in Peace.”

Cher, who sang Dead Ringer for Love with her, paid tribute to the star, saying: “Had so much fun with meat loaf when we did ‘Dead Ringer’.

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“I am so sorry for his family, friends and fans. Am I imagining this, or the amazing ppl in art dying every other day”.

Queen guitarist Brian May also spoke about his affection for a man he referred to as “Mr. Loaf”, writing on Instagram: “Remembering the great times. Totally hurt that Meets Loaf has left us.

“Always full of craziness, with the innocence of a 5-year-old kid’s innocence, Meat was forever young. I called him Mr. Loaf, and he called me when he wanted to play some wacky guitar.

“We had so much fun at times, and, just three months younger than me, he felt like a brother. Dear flesh, the world is mourning and will miss your good and mighty presence for a very long time. RIP.”

Adam Lambert, who now sings with Queen on tour, said: “Forever and forever a gentle-hearted powerhouse rock star. You were so kind. Your music will always be iconic. I’m sure you’ll be the great music in Beyond Singing the program. Rest in peace sir.”

The Culture Club’s Boy George, with whom he performed in the 1980s, told fans a quirky story about the singer, tweeting: “Rip Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all of your family and close friends. Turned me upside down once at a Chinese restaurant. St. John’s Wood.”

Picture;  Andre Silag/Shutterstock Meatloaf and Boy George at the AIDS benefit show, Wembley.  London - April 1987 April 1987
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Picture; Andre Silag/Shutterstock Meatloaf and Boy George at the AIDS benefit show, Wembley. London – April 1987 April 1987

Elsewhere, the current cast of Bat Out of Hell Musical paid their tribute, saying that they were “deeply saddened to hear of the passing of their great friend and producer, Meat Loaf.”

A statement said: “He was with us when the show first debuted at the Coliseum in London and the Opera House in Manchester in 2016 and then on 25 July 2018 at the Dominion Theatre, London.

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“The musical’s current UK and Ireland tour will perform this evening’s show in memory of Meet at the New Wimbledon Theatre. The Beat is Yours Forever.”

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “The vault of heaven must be ringing from the cliff. RIP Meatloaf. Give Jim (Steinman) your best.”

Former President Donald Trump, who worked with Meatloaf on the US version of Celebrity Apprentice, said: “Meatloaf was a great man – he got to know The Celebrity Apprentice very well.

“He was smart, talented and hot.

“His success was huge—we all loved him. Loaf of Meat will be sorely missed.”

Donald Trump and the Meat Loaf in 2011.  Photo: Dave Aloka/Starpix/Shutterstock
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Donald Trump and the Meat Loaf in 2011. Photo: Dave Aloka/Starpix/Shutterstock

Frozen actor Josh Gad said: “About 90 percent of my karaoke songs are from this guy. No one has done a rock anthem like Meat Loaf and his songs were more than just songs.

“They were the kind of stories you could sink your teeth into, filled with joy, fury and excitement. He was truly one of a kind. RIP”

Broadcaster Stephen Fry recalled their performance on Saturday Night Live together, tweeting: “I hope heaven is as you remember it from Dashboard Light, Meat Loaf. Last Century with them on Saturday Live Had a fun time performing a sketch. … They had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and crazy, which is rare and wonderful”.

You can see more tributes to Meat Loaf on Sky Arts on Friday evenings, with Discovering Meat Loaf at 6.30 p.m., followed by the classic album: Bat Out of Hell at 7 p.m. You can also watch on Sky Q, Sky Glass and Now.

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