Grammy-winner Michael Aday, better known by the stage name Meat Loaf, has died. He was 74. The official cause of death has not been officially released, and his family has said they will not release this information, but he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized only days ago.
His stage appearances included the original Broadway cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Shoe and the rock musical Hair. In 1975 he appeared in the movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show, but in a different role than he’d had in the play.
He was born September 22, 1947 in Dallas, Texas. He died January 20, 2022, with family and friends at his side.
Meat Loaf Movies
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show(1975)
- Scavenger Hunt (1979)
- Roadie (1980)
- Wayne’s World (1992)
- Spice World (1997)
- Fight Club (1999)
- Formula 51 (2001)
- Chasing Ghosts (2005)
- Bloodrayne (2005)
Meat Loaf won the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the Song “I’d Do Anything for Love.” His “Bat Out of Hell” trilogy of albums sold more 65 million albums worldwide. The trilogy consisted of “Bat out of Hell,” “Bat out of Hell II: Back to Hell,” and “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose”
Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday. The initials ML plus a pudgy body led to the nickname Meat Loaf in high school. He changed his name to Michael Lee Aday in 1984. His work can be found under Marvin Aday, Michael Aday, Meatloaf, and Meatloaf Aday, and Meatloaf.
Meat Loaf is survived by his wife Deborah, and his daughters, Amanda and Pearl. Deborah was his second wife. His daughters were by his first wife Leslie.
Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress #30”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on SCIFI.radio’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions, Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.
Meat Loaf is one of those people, like Bob Dylan, that I think of as being a great vocalist, if not technically a great singer in the traditional sense. But what I mostly think of him as is a performer. He had a real presence in front of an audience.
And his daughters, whom I think he adopted, are talented as well.
While, as the article states, his cause of death has not been publicly announced, he was very ill with COVID-19. He had been opposed to many of the scientific measures designed to prevent it. I’m sorry he died, but hope others who are opposed to accepting the findings of medical science will give this a second thought. I don’t want to see more people dying needlessly.