The iconic Meat Loaf has passed away aged 74

The iconic Meat Loaf has passed away aged 74

Michael Lee Aday, known professionally as Meat Loaf, has passed away aged 74.

Meat Loaf/Facebook

"Heaven can wait.

And a band of Angels wrapped up in my heart, 

Will take me through the lonely night.

Through the cold of the day. 

And I know, I know,

Heaven can wait.

And all the gods come down here just to sing for me!

And the melody's gonna make me fly, 

Without pain, without fear."

It's another sad day in the music world.

The iconic performer has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

Meat Loaf's management released the following statement on his Facebook page:

"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. His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne's World.

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"'Bat Out of Hell' remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time. 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. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time."

The legendary musician is best known by many South Africans for his popular hit, 'I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)'.

YouTube/Meat Loaf

We will always remember you for giving us classic, karaoke-belting hits over the years!

Here are 10 interesting facts about Meat Loaf that you may not know:

  1. Meat Loaf was so desperate to avoid serving in the military that he purposely put on 30 kgs in an effort to fail his medical. His plan was foiled when he was declared fit enough to serve in the army. 
  2. He proposed to his first wife by presenting her with a salmon
  3. Frankie & Benny’s asked him to rebrand as ‘Veg Loaf’
  4. He claims the Secret Service hijacked his car on the day of John F Kennedy’s assassination
  5. He was almost cast as Quasimodo in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  6. He once nearly pushed Prince Andrew into a moat
  7. He once gave Charles Manson a lift
  8. His most treasured possession is his rubber duck collection
  9. He’s publicly feuded with Greta Thunberg over climate change
  10. Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart was almost a Meat Loaf song

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