Meat Loaf is dead

We’ve lost an epic heldentenor — Marvin Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, has died. He was such a fierce, athletic, passionate performer, and has in the past collapsed on stage a few times, due to dehydration…but really it was because he threw himself into his work so thoroughly and exhausted himself. I’ll consider his actual cause of death to be that he was always going full throttle and couldn’t just slow down and take it easy, ever.

By the way, his obituary unfortunately seems to think his weight was a salient point to make repeatedly. Nah. He was a big man, but that was the least important part of his identity.


  1. strangerinastrangeland says

    My thought exactly @1 Akira when I read the news this morning. He and Jim Steinman together where the definition of “EPIC” in rock music for me and the great songs they made will live on.

  2. mamba says

    This is the same guy who during Celebrity Apprentice flipped out so bad during a charity team exercise that it made Gary Busey seem like the rational reasonable one when some paints and sponges went missing and he was magically convinced that they were stolen from him by Gary with no reason at all. Swearing, screaming, and physically separated so fists don’t go flying…oh and a minute later they found the missing stuff in a bag under something, and he STILL swore and raged needlessly as if he wasn’t just proven totally wrong and a nutjob.

    Multiple stories confirm…he was always this anger-filled and quick to irrationality over the slightest push to his ego or self, whether it was real or not. Many may have better memories of this arrogant diva nutjob, but this is all I will ever remember him for. His TRUE self, not his stage self.

  3. says

    Yeah, no denying he could be a massive asshole, he was just a talented asshole.

    That apprentice episode: Ick. Buncha preschoolers squabbling over their playtime supplies.

  4. raven says

    Meat Loaf died on January 20, 2022, at the age of 74. His death was announced on his official Facebook page. The statement said the musician’s wife was by his side and his friends had been with him in his final 24 hours.[138] No immediate announcement of the cause of death was released by his family or representatives;
    however, a source through TMZ stated that he became seriously ill with COVID-19.[139][140]



    Our sources say Meat Loaf has been outspoken about COVID, railing with folks in Australia recently about vaccine mandates. We do not know if he was vaccinated.

    This guy reportedly died from stupidity and ignorance.

    His cause of death was reportedly catching the Covid-19 virus. A 74 year old guy with several comorbidities including a weight problem is just a snack for this virus.

    He also seemed to be an antivaxxer. While it is not entirely clear that he wasn’t vaccinated, it is likely because he caught the virus and died soon after.

  5. raven says

    Michael Nesmith, Monkees Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 78 › music › music-news › mo… (Died December 10, 2021)

    Monkees singer and guitarist Michael Nesmith, a pop visionary who penned many of the group’s most enduring songs before laying the …

    While we are getting all weepy and nostalgic here, the third out of 4 Monkees died not too long ago, Michael Nesmith.

    Oddly enough, I still know all their names from memory, even though they are from the late 1960s. They were a lot better group than people gave them credit for at the time.

  6. microraptor says

    I stopped liking Meat Loaf after he became an outspoken Trump supporter and began verbally attacking Greta Thunberg. He was a good musician, but a rather horrible person, as far as I can tell.

  7. stroppy says

    Rule of three/thirties. The older we get, the faster we’ll see ’em drop — up until we become casualties of time ourselves.

    So what’s the rule for expeditiously burning someone to the ground for their flaws or giving them a pass for something you liked about them? Is there a system or is it like a freeform improv?

    Meatloaf. Personally, my reaction is, “Meh.”

  8. Pierce R. Butler says

    raven @ # 10: … Meat Loaf has been outspoken about COVID… He also seemed to be an antivaxxer.

    C’mon, folks, isn’t it obvious? Hunter Biden snuck into his bedroom and strangled him with his bare hands, to silence the great voice which would have inspired the American people to throw off Democrat tyranny!!1! WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!

  9. Akira MacKenzie says

    The trouble is that I’m of two minds about this matter.

    I started Meat Loaf in the 90s after Bat Out Of Hell II came out. Before then I had seen cassettes of the original Bat Out Of Hell in gas stations and truck stops, so I thought that he was merely some trashy heavy metal artist and paid him no mind. When I first heard “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)” I didn’t know who I was listening to but I was spellbound by the epic nature of the song and the powerful vocals of the lead singer. Then I found out it was Meat Loaf. Since that day his voice, and the lyrics of the late Jim Steinman, got me through some pretty dark spots in my life.

    Then I found it he’d become a Trump supporter. Sigh… That felt like a betrayal. I stopped listening to his music during Il Douche’s regime up until Steinman’s death. I had hoped that this was just a case of the Crotchety Boomer voting with his anxieties and that he’d repent once he saw what a piece of shit Trump was, but alas, that didn’t happen. My disappointment has now festered into disgust as I discovered that he was likely a COVID-denialist, a position that led to his death.

    On one hand I’m sad to see my favorite singer die. On the other hand, I’m grumbling “good riddance to another fascist plague rat.”

  10. Azkyroth, B*Cos[F(u)]==Y says

    Huh. My primary impression of Meat Loaf was buying the CD (I think on CD? Might have been a cassette?) as the page image, expecting heavy metal (sorry, “TrAsHy HeAvY mEtAl”) based on the cover and…I think I listened to it all the way through once.

    What am I supposed to feel like I was missing?

  11. raven says

    Meatloaf is quoted in a recent interveiw as saying, “If I die, I die,” about the Covid-19 virus.

    This has turned out to be a bad plan inasmuch as he did in fact, get the virus and…die.

    Just in case, in a recent interview on Freethoughtblogs, a few seconds ago, Raven is quoted as saying, “If I die and, especially if I die from the Covid-19 virus, I’m going to be very, very mad.”

    Don’t give up. Make the Grim Reaper drag you away kicking and screaming.

  12. says

    Meatloaf is quoted in a recent interveiw as saying, “If I die, I die,” about the Covid-19 virus.

    HCA subreddit responses (alongside “Bat Out of Wuhan” and “I would do anything for love, but I won’t get vaxxed”) to this quote:

    Meatloaf: “If I die, I die, but I’m not going to be controlled.”

    Covid: “Ummmmmm, ok”

    Covid: WELL HI THERE!

    Covid: “Your terms are acceptable.”

    Covid: Sign here

    The virus lives for nonchalance, posturing, and bravado. This is a terrifying, traumatic, painful, horrific death that no one would willingly choose. It’s devastating for family and friends. And it’s highly preventable.

  13. says

    I’m so fucking angry about this. The amount of suffering and loss. It’s a goddamned virus, a glob of genetic material. It doesn’t give a shit about your politics or pride or defiance or memes. It’s all so stupid.

  14. ajbjasus says

    Apparently he wanted to become a vegetarian, but the record company wouldn’t let him change his name to Nutloaf. Dang capitalists.

  15. joel says

    Meat Loaf belonged in the same category as Ted Nugent, though not as extreme of a case: great entertainer, horrible person.