‘I hope paradise is as you remember it’ – stars pay tribute to Meat Loaf

People arrive at the performance of 'Bat Out of Hell', in London
People queue as they arrive at the performance of 'Bat Out of Hell' following the death of Meat Loaf, at the New Wimbledon Theatre, in London, Britain, January 21, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

January 22, 2022

LONDON (Reuters) – Meat Loaf, the U.S. rock star whose debut “Bat Out of Hell” became one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died aged 74. Here are reactions from fellow entertainers and others.

AMERICAN SINGER CHER:

“Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did ‘Dead Ringer’. Am Very Sorry For His Family, Friends & Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day!?”

BRITISH SINGER BOY GEORGE READING:

“R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.”

BRITISH WRITER AND ACTOR STEPHEN FRY:

“I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf. He had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly.”

BRITISH PRODUCER PETE WATERMAN:

“It was his voice – you knew what you got with Meat Loaf. It was 100 per cent of everything.”

BRITISH COMPOSER ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER:

“The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock. RIP Meatloaf.”

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

“Meat Loaf was a great guy — got to know him very well doing Celebrity Apprentice,” he said in a statement, referring to the reality TV show Trump hosted. “He was smart, talented, open, and warm.”

(Reporting by Reuters bureaux, Editing by Angus MacSwan)