Deborah, the widow of Meat Loaf, has thanked fans for their well wishes as she admits she is experiencing ‘gut-within’ grief following his death last week.
The Bat Out of Hell rocker – whose real name was Michael Ade – died on January 20 at the age of 74, after battling COVID-19 according to reports.
Deborah told People magazine: ‘The sadness I feel at losing my husband is heartbreaking.’
Heavy loss: Deborah, the widow of Meat Loaf, has thanked fans for their well wishes as she admits she is experiencing ‘gut-wrenching’ grief following his death last week (pictured in February 2008)
Revealing that she was with her husband when he died, she added: ‘I lay close to Michael when he breathed his last and my sadness is beyond words.’
‘I’ve always called him by his given name because I didn’t see him as ‘the flesh’. I am very grateful for the love I have received from all over the world.
‘He meant so much to so many people, and it gave me joy to be able to share him with the world. As his wife, I also want everyone to know how much he means to me as a husband.
Deborah admires Wayne’s world as the actor’s ‘world’ and is grateful that they were always open with their feelings for each other.
Together: Describing how she was with her husband when he died, she continued: ‘I lay close to Michael when he breathed his last (pictured in 2003)
She added: ‘For me, it was always about him. From the day we met, she was my world and I loved her. Not a day has gone by when we haven’t told each other how much we love them. There is not a day when we haven’t hugged each other.
‘Some of my fondest memories will always be about how often we used to laugh, and how we brought out the silliness and playfulness in each other. Michael was a hugging person – such a physically affectionate and kind person, and I am grateful he brought those qualities in me.’
The couple married in 2007 and Deborah feels grateful that she waited to settle down later in her life because she found such an ‘incredible’ husband.
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She said: ‘I waited until later in life to get married because I was waiting for the right man. And oh boy, was he ever the right man for me! I realize how blessed I am that I shared my life with such an incredible person. He didn’t hesitate to tell me how much I was appreciated, and he would often affectionately say to me, ‘You are a good wife.’ I will miss hearing this.
‘Our life together was an adventure. He was my best friend, my confidant, my boyfriend and I miss him so much already. As much as my heart is in pain now, my heart is also filled with the love and glory that we shared together. I will love you forever, Michael.’
Meat Loaf’s heartbroken daughters Pearl and Amanda Ade paid tribute to him on Instagram following his death at the age of 74 on Thursday.
Pearl, 47, posted a picture of herself embracing on stage, writing: ‘I will love you always, no matter what. I love you with my whole heart. We got you Always.’
Meanwhile, 41-year-old Amanda uploaded an album of pictures of the two of them over the years and wrote: ‘I love you daddy forever and ever.’
With both of his girls: Meat Loaf’s heartbroken daughters Pearl and Amanda Ade paid tribute to him on Instagram following his death at 74 on Thursday
Meat Loaf, whose real name was Michael Ed, shared his children with his first wife, Leslie, whom he was married to for nearly two decades, until 2001.
Leslie had Pearl from a previous marriage but was adopted by Meat Loaf. A few years later, he and Leslie conceived Amanda.
Pearl herself became a singer and also married Scott Ian, who rose to fame as the rhythm guitarist for Anthrax.
Meanwhile Amanda became an actress, appearing in shows such as Carnival, My Name Is Earl and Rizzoli & Isles.
‘I love you with all my heart’: Pearl, 47, posted a photo of herself hugging her on stage, writing: ‘I will always love you no matter what’
Bereaved: Amanda, 41, uploaded an album of photos of the two of them over the years and wrote: ‘I love you daddy forever and ever’
The singer died after a struggle with COVID-19, TMZ sources said, adding that his condition rapidly deteriorated to severe after becoming ill with the virus.
Meatloaf raided against endless coronavirus restrictions and vaccine mandates, but it’s unclear whether they were vaccinated themselves.
Two weeks before her death, Pearl wrote on Instagram that some of her ‘friends and family’ had contracted COVID-19.
After his death: Amanda wrote on Facebook that ‘Pearl and I were able to be with his closest friends by holding his hands and showering him with love in his final hours’
She continued: ‘Thanks to his respect for science that they are all waxed, otherwise they would be worse,’ without mentioning his father specifically.
After his death, Amanda wrote on Facebook: ‘Although he passed away very suddenly, my sister Pearl and I were able to join his closest friends by holding his hands and showering him with love in his final hours.’
She continued: ‘I will have more to say in the days to come as I process through my grief. For now all I will say is that he was larger than life and I will miss him every day for the rest of my life.’
Tributes poured in from friends and colleagues for the late musician, who once called himself a ‘fat mom***er’ when discussing his weight loss on MailOnline.
One of the memorable messages came from Susan Sarandon, who had starred with him on The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.
Big man, big voice, big heart. In my experience, always a gentleman,’ she said in a statement to People magazine. ‘Condolences to his family.’
Side by side: Amanda remembers her father: ‘For now all I will say is he was larger than life and I will miss him every day for the rest of my life’