Meat Loaf has died and reports are now saying the singer and actor had recently fallen ill with COVID.
No cause of death was confirmed, but TMZ that Meat Loaf—whose real name was Michael Lee Aday—died after falling “seriously ill” with COVID-19 in recent weeks.
Meat Loaf’s daughter Pearl Aday posted on Instagram on Jan. 7 ago that several of her friends and family had recently tested positive.
We are not sick, but we have too many friends and family testing positive right now, positive but doing ok.
Thank their respect for science that they’re all vaxxed, otherwise they’d be way worse.”
The singer’s vaccine status isn’t known, but he recently spoken out against planned vaccine mandates in Australia.
In May, he posted a clip of Eric Clapton’s anti-lockdown song Stand and Deliver, and, in what appears to be one of his last interviews, Meat Loaf appeared to be losing patience with pandemic measures.
He told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in August,
I hug people in the middle of COVID.
I understood stopping life for a little while, but they cannot continue to stop life because of politics. And right now they’re stopping because of politics.
…If I die, I die, but I’m not going to be controlled.”
Meat Loaf complained about being asked to wear a mask on a plane, stating that he didn’t believe paper masks were as good at N95s at stopping the coronavirus from spreading saying,
We had to go on the airplane with the paper masks and then on the way back, we got a Nazi:
‘Get your mask on now!’
They’re power-mad now.”
Meat Loaf was 74.
(via The Daily Beast)