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Iconic legendary rocker Meat Loaf passed away on Thursday night and the tributes started pouring in across the globe including one from CNN anchors John Berman and Kasie Hunt who took the opportunity to sneer over his performance with Mitt Romney after lamenting his passing.
Meat Loaf’s death was announced early Friday morning via his Facebook page. The incredibly talented singer and actor was 74. No cause of death has been announced.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends,” read the announcement on his passing.
“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,’” the statement added. “‘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 message concluded.
Berman sadly reported the death of Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, on Friday morning’s edition of CNN’s “New Day.”
“This made me sad this morning, Grammy Award-winning singer Meat Loaf has died,” he said before playing a segment highlighting the singer’s career.
Meat Loaf’s repertoire of hits included “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” and “I Would Do Anything for Love.” Songs that were rock n’ roll anthems and will always remind rockers of the larger-than-life singer.
But those were fleeting mentions by the anchors. Their closing focus was a 2012 campaign rally with Republican Mitt Romney, whom he serenaded in conjunction with country stars Randy Owens, John Rich, and Big Kenny in Defiance, Ohio.
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The duo inappropriately giggled and appeared perplexed at the notion that Meat Loaf would dare to support a Republican.
“I will say the only chance I ever got to see Meat Loaf perform live was at a Mitt Romney campaign event, of all places,” Hunt quipped.
“But I remember, it really sticks out in my mind as something that was really, really amazing to witness,” she added laughing.
“I’m sure that’s something you will never, ever forget,” Berman sarcastically noted while smiling.
“I will not,” Hunt said, laughing.
“Again, our thoughts with the family of Meat Loaf this morning — Rocky Horror Picture Show! So good. I remember staying up all night in the 70s. You know, going to those shows. I’m exaggerating a little bit, but so good. So good.” Berman remarked.
It should be noted that Berman evidently exaggerated quite a bit, he was in Kindergarten when “Bat Out of Hell” was released. He was born in 1972.
Former President Donald Trump paid tribute to Meat Loaf who had appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“Meat Loaf was a great guy — got to know him very well doing Celebrity Apprentice. He was smart, talented, open, and warm,” Trump remarked in a statement. “His success was enormous — we all loved him. Meat Loaf will be greatly missed!”
President Donald J. Trump:
"Meat Loaf was a great guy—got to know him very well doing Celebrity Apprentice. He was smart, talented, open, and warm.
His success was enormous—we all loved him. Meat Loaf will be greatly missed!" pic.twitter.com/J0IevWXy5k
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) January 21, 2022
Meat Loaf was loved by all:
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⁉️
— Cher (@cher) January 21, 2022
RIP Meat Loaf. Dead Ringer For Love is the best song of all time.
— Caspar Salmon (@CasparSalmon) January 21, 2022
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.
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) January 21, 2022
Rest in peace, ridiculously talented rock star Meat Loaf pic.twitter.com/yaErz8VAXg
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEmovienerd) January 21, 2022
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 – https://t.co/RxoH36OYHw
— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) January 21, 2022
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.
A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news. pic.twitter.com/J0UNQgGahn
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 21, 2022
Meatloaf is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's time to fix that. Should have happened a long time ago. @rockhall #RIPMeatLoaf
— John Rich (@johnrich) January 21, 2022
The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock. RIP Meatloaf. Give my best to Jim. – ALW
— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) January 21, 2022
You wanna write opera rock n roll stories & perform them as pure theatre? youl be rejected by every record company in America and then become a complete orginal badass. I fuxkin love meatloaf. sad day. do exactly what you wanna do. and do it strange. 🖤🤘 pic.twitter.com/dkn9QfT4j5
— Billy Nomates (@_billy_nomates) January 21, 2022
Rip Meatloaf. A HUGE musical influence of mine, never been music quite like his. I listen to him pretty much every day and perform it at every show, which I will continue to do. 🦇
— TheVivienne (@THEVIVIENNEUK) January 21, 2022
Woke up this morning to the sad news that Meat Loaf had passed away. What a tremendous talent gone way too soon. He was also one of the nicest people anyone could ever want to know. This world is a little less bright without him in it. #RIPMeat pic.twitter.com/vCtRCTn3nh
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) January 21, 2022
R.I.P. to Meat Loaf, an absolute king.pic.twitter.com/Bn5QYE9Bh6
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 21, 2022
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