Meat Loaf dead at 74: Star's pal Pete Waterman leads tributes with hilarious story about star's rider

PETE Waterman recalled a hilarious story about friend Meat Loaf on today'safter the singing legend died at the age of 74.

The star, real name Michael Lee Aday, passed away on Thursday night with his family by his side.

In light of the news, producer Pete, 75, appeared on today's Good Morning Britain and recalled several memories with the Bat Out Of Hell hitmaker.

Speaking to Ben Shephard and Kate Garraway, Pete said he was once on a plane to New York with Meat Loaf and he had a "cold trunk of beefburgers".

Pete recalled: "He was such an amazing character. I was once on a plane with him to New York and he took a box, like a cold trunk of beef burgers.

"It was like, amazing, what that boy could eat I tell you. He could eat."

"Meat Loaf was Meat Loaf wasn't he? His size was part of the whole legend it was his voice, it was just," he shared of the larger than life character.

"You knew what you got with Meat Loaf, there was no buying it out, it was 100%
a 100% of everything."

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Presenter Ben added: "There was never any compromise and trust me if you met him, there was never any disappointment as well. He always, always delivered."

Aside from Pete's tribute, broadcaster Piers Morgan took to Twitter this morning to remember the star and wrote: "RIP Meat Loaf, 74.

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"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.

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

British comic and actor Stephen Fry tweeted: "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."


Meat Loaf passed away on Thursday night, and his death was confirmed this morning by his long-time agent, Michael Greene.

Meat Loaf's cause of death has not yet been revealed.

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.

"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!"


The star sold millions of albums worldwide, with the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy among his most popular musical offerings.

He was honoured with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony in 2016, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to "bring love back into this world".

The rock veteran had been plagued with health issues and rumours that he’s dying ever since he collapsed onstage in June 2016 and has appeared in a number of interviews with slurred speech, with even Katie Price telling him she thought he had died.

Meat Loaf was forced to deny he'd passed away.

The star did have surgery nearly two months ago to remove a cyst on his back – and at the time he explained he was no longer going to discuss the speculation on his health.

“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,” he said.

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

His colourful career saw him not only wow fans with his music, but also with his theatrics as he appeared in more than 50 movies and television shows –  including the 1997 film Spice World.

The rock star was born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas, in 1947, forming his first band Meat Loaf Soul in the 1960s.

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