Meat Loaf hailed as ‘wondrously talented, flamboyant, rebellious chameleon’ as celebrities pay tribute to music icon as he dies aged 74

Meat Loaf has died aged 74 (Picture: Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Tributes have been paid to iconic star Meat Loaf after the actor and singer died aged 74, with Zoe Ball dubbing him ‘a force of nature’

The death of the star was confirmed on Friday morning, famed for his Bat Out of Hell album and appearance as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The Grammy award winner reportedly died with his wife Deborah by his side, according to Deadline.

Stars quickly have flooded to post their tributes to the great singer, who was loved by all.

Stephen Fry shared: ‘I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf.

‘Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century.”

Piers Morgan wrote on his Twitter page: ‘RIP Meat Loaf, 74. One of rock music’s all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest-selling records in history.

The iconic star was loved by so many (Picture: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

‘A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.’

‘He was such an incredible force of nature, I was so lucky to interview him in my time,’ Ball said on her Radio 2 Breakfast Show.

Radio 2 ‘Pick of the Pops presenter Paul Gambaccini spoke on Good Morning Britain about how ‘crushed’ he was to hear the news.

‘This is crushing for me, he played with us on our Regent’s Park softball club, I did introduce one of his albums.

‘Believe it or not, he coached baseball in my hometown in Connecticut, this is someone I was really fond of personally… this was a person who was a normal person.

‘He was not operatic, he was one of the boys, he wanted to pitch in softball, he was crazy about his children… if you did not know he was Meat Loaf, you would just call him Mr O’Day.’

His ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ album is one of the top 10 greatest selling albums of all time (Picture: Jo Hale/Redferns)
Meat Loaf performs on stage with John Entwistle of The Who, London, 1987. (Picture: Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Music mogul Pete Waterman shared: ‘Meat Loaf was this larger than life character with a unique voice, that first album, Bat Out Of Hell was just amazing.’

Sky News presenter Kay Burley wrote: ‘Very sad news that Meat Loaf has died. ‘I’d do anything for love’ was a massive hit in 1993, reached Number one in 28 countries and was a firm favourite in our house.’

A statement posted to Facebook read: ‘Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.

Singer Meat Loaf and country artist John Rich perform at Redneck Riviera Nashville on March 27, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Picture: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

‘Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.

‘His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including “Fight Club”, “Focus”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World.”“Bat Out of Hell” remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.

‘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.

‘We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!’

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