‘I am not dying’ Meat Loaf’s furious response to health claims: ‘Sick of talking about it’

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The singer, who was born Marvin Lee Aday, has died aged 74. His family confirmed the news in a post to his Facebook page that read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”

He is thought to have died on January 20.

Meat Loaf blurred the lines between music and acting with his tumultuous and energetic career, appearing in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona.

His hit ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ album went on to become one of the best-selling of all time.

In all, he sold 100 million albums worldwide and appeared in films like Fight Club, the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.

Speculation surrounding his health became a hallmark of his career, especially after he suffered a heart attack on stage in London in 2003.

In 2006, he claimed to have cheated death three times already: the heart attack, being in a high-speed car crash, and being hit in the head with a 5.4kg shot-put during a sports session in high school, according to Contact Music.

It is thought that the speculation over his health became a hindrance to Meat Loaf, however, as seen in his response during an interview with the Daily Mirror’s showbiz editor, Tom Bryant, in 2016.

Just five months before, an American paper declared him dead after he collapsed on stage at Edmonton, Canada.

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Keen to sweep away the exaggerated reports of his demise, he said: “Listen, I am not dying. After three months of therapy I will be fine.

“I am sick of talking about it. I don’t want to talk about it from now on.

“And anyone else who asks me the question, I’m not going to respond to it.”

After collapsing on stage at the Wembley Arena in 2003, Meat Loaf tried to perform another song, but on advice from paramedics was taken to nearby Northwick Park Hospital.

Doctors were forced to perform surgery on him, discovering that he had the heart condition Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.

This is when an extra electrical pathway is present between the heart’s upper and lower chambers, and results in a rapid heartbeat.


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In addition to the shot-put incident and car crash, Meat Loaf endured another fright in 2006 after his private jet had to make an emergency landing at London’s Stansted Airport after his plane’s forward landing gear failed.

While on tour in Australia in 2012, he suffered damaged vocal cords, telling the Daily Mail that the experience led him to sympathise with the singer Adele who had experienced a similar injury.

He said: “I was determined to continue even though I had to visit a doctor every night.

“My problems were similar to Adele’s.

“I actually sent her a message saying that every singer understood what she was going through.”

He went on to finish the tour, also finding the time to complete a new album on the road, ‘Hell In A Handbasket’.

He explained: “We did songs in hotel rooms and at my place back in California.

“I had to move all my old stage clothes and my wife’s Christmas presents to make room for the band.”

A statement from his family today read: “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man.

“From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking.”

Alongside his hit Bat Out Of Hell trilogy, the Dallas-born singer also managed to earn himself a Grammy Award with his 1993 hit, ‘I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’, which reached number one.

Prior to that, he played the role of Eddie in the 1975 musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Bat Out Of Hell ‒ which remains one of the top 10 best-selling albums of all-time ‒ was also adapted as a stage musical, written by his long-time collaborator Jim Steinman.

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