Meat Loaf dies at 74

Singer also had a prolific film career

by Jennie Kermode

Meat Loaf as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Meat Loaf as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The iconic singer and film star Meat Loaf died on Thursday 20 January, it has emerged today. He was 74. Though best known for his hit song Bat Out Of Hell and several other musical hits, he also had a notable film career, capitalising on his existing image in the likes of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Roadie but going on to diversify his work and explore more complex characters.

Over the course of a 52 year big screen career, Meat Loaf acted in titles including Wayne's World, Fight Club, The Salton Sea and The 51st State]. He also became known for his cameo appearances, many of which went uncredited, as in 2010's Burning Bright.

On the small screen, his roles were equally varied, but he retained the loves of genre work immediately evident in his musical performances, starring in episodes of Ghost Hunters, Masters Of Horror, The Outer Limits and Tales From The Crypt.

Meat Loaf passed away with his wife, Deborah Gillespie. by his side. The singer had suffered from severe asthma throughout his life and has been reported as suffering from Covid-19, but at the time of writing, no cause of death has been confirmed. He is survived by Gillespie and by his daughters, Pearl and Amanda.

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