Michael Lee Aday aka “Meat Loaf”, the avid Ghost Hunter and undisputed larger-than-life Master of Operatic Rock – has died at age 74, according to a statement on his verified Facebook page.

Screencap from Meat Loaf’s official FB page.

I, like many who remember their introduction to this amazing musician through Bat Out of Hell and Bat Out of Hell II – his two biggest albums that included numerous hit singles, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” were stunned when they woke up to this news today.

Meatloaf or Meat Loaf was always larger-than-life when it comes to his music. Born in Dallas, TX on September 27, 1947, with the given name of Marvin Lee Aday – but changed it to Michael Lee Aday. Meat Loaf first found success on the Broadway stage in the groundbreaking musical Hair, and then he had a brief, but memorable role in The Rocky Horror Picture Show as the ill-fated delivery boy Eddie. He left the theater life for a bit and started concentrating on his music, it was his 1977 album Bat Out of Hell that turned him into a superstar and rock & roll icon.

His style of music has been often coined as Operatic Rock or Rock Opera – which is a collection of rock music songs with lyrics that relate to a common story. He basically combined Rock and Roll and his influences from his amazing stints in theater into music that became his signature style. The only other musician prior to him that came close would be Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, but they are more eclectic and varied in their music. And you could easily see Meat Loaf sticking to at least a standard that with such famous hits like “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” and “Objects in the Rearview Mirror (May Appear Closer Than They Are)”. His first album Bat Out of Hell went platinum 14 times and has sold an estimated 43 million copies globally. His sequel to that was Bat Out of Hell II did spectacularly well that it sold 15 million copies as well.

Meat Loaf also had a very lucrative career in film and television as he starred and guest-starred on famous shows – and one of the quirkier ones as a Ghost Hunter when he guested on Ghost Hunters

According to the official FaceBook post from his page, Meat Loaf died on the evening of January 20, 2022, at the age of 74. No official cause of death has been released, although many news outlets have speculated that he had been seriously ill with Covid-19. He is survived by his wife, Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda.

Many of his colleagues and close friends in the music industry including Bonnie Tyler, Cher, and Brian May have posted tributes to the legendary rocker’s passing.

Rest in Peace, Meat Loaf, and condolences to his friends and family.

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