Meat Loaf hailed as ‘wondrously talented, flamboyant, rebellious chameleon’ as celebrities pay tribute to music icon as he dies aged 74
The death of the star was confirmed on Friday morning, famed for his Bat Out of Hell album and appearance as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
The Grammy award winner reportedly died with his wife Deborah by his side, according to Deadline.
Stars quickly have flooded to post their tributes to the great singer, who was loved by all.
Cher led the sadness of the showbiz world by writing: ‘Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did “Dead Ringer”. Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends,& Fans.
‘Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day.’
Meat Loaf has died aged 74 (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
The iconic star was loved by so many (Picture: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Musician Boy George recalled a hilarious encounter with the star: ‘R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends.
‘He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.’
Stephen Fry shared: ‘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.’
Andrew Lloyd Webber said the ‘vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock’ following the death of Meat Loaf.
The composer and theatre impresario said: ‘The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock.
‘RIP Meatloaf. Give my best to Jim (Steinman).’
Andrew Lloyd-Webber said ‘the vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock’ (Photo by Paul Bergen/Redferns)
Piers Morgan wrote on his Twitter page: ‘RIP Meat Loaf, 74. One of rock music’s all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest-selling records in history.
‘A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.’
Queen rocker Brain May joined others from the world of music in paying tribute to the Bat Out Of Hell singer, posting a picture of himself and Meat Loaf on Instagram.
May wrote: ‘Remembering great times. 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.
‘Dear Meat, the world is mourning and will miss your fine and powerful presence for a very long time. RIP. Bri.’
‘He was such an incredible force of nature, I was so lucky to interview him in my time,’ Ball said on her Radio 2 Breakfast Show.
GMB host Ben Shephard remembered having to ‘throw’ Meat Loaf out of a studio as he paid tribute to the iconic singer.
Ben Shephard recalls lovely Meat Loaf story from when they played golf together
'I was lucky enough to interview him a number of years ago Jenny and I when we hosted Entertainment Today, some you might remember, Meat Loaf came in and he was so much larger than life, in the end we had to throw him out of the studio!
He didn’t want to go. He spent the whole time in the studio with us.’
Paul Gambaccini called Meat Loaf ‘an ordinary man’ (Picture: ITV)
Radio 2 ‘Pick of the Pops presenter Paul Gambaccini spoke on Good Morning Britain about how ‘crushed’ he was to hear the news.
‘This is crushing for me, he played with us on our Regent’s Park softball club, I did introduce one of his albums.
‘Believe it or not, he coached baseball in my hometown in Connecticut, this is someone I was really fond of personally… this was a person who was a normal person.
‘He was not operatic, he was one of the boys, he wanted to pitch in softball, he was crazy about his children… if you did not know he was Meat Loaf, you would just call him Mr Aday.’
His ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ album is one of the top 10 greatest selling albums of all time (Picture: Jo Hale/Redferns)
Meat Loaf performs on stage with John Entwistle of The Who, London, 1987. (Picture: Michael Putland/Getty Images)
Meat Loaf was praised as a ‘larger than life’ character by Pete Waterman (Picture: Getty)
Music mogul Pete Waterman shared: ‘Meat Loaf was this larger than life character with a unique voice, that first album, Bat Out Of Hell was just amazing.’
Sky News presenter Kay Burley wrote: ‘Very sad news that Meat Loaf has died. ‘I’d do anything for love’ was a massive hit in 1993, reached Number one in 28 countries and was a firm favourite in our house.’
Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley commented: ‘God I loved Bat Out of Hell. The soundtrack to my youth. Sad news RIP Meatloaf. Extraordinary voice Phenomenonal character.’
A statement posted to Facebook read: ‘Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.
Singer Meat Loaf and country artist John Rich perform at Redneck Riviera Nashville on March 27, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Picture: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
‘Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.
‘His amazing career spanned 6 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.”“Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.