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With the recent passing of singer Meat Loaf, his death has, like almost everything else these day, been dragged into a politicized debate over Covid-19 related topics, to the dismay of one of the late singer’s friends.
Marc Lobliner, bodybuilder and high school wrestling coach, used to be neighbors with Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday) at his Brentwood, Tennessee residence. He expressed his disapproval over how Meat Loaf’s death is being used to the New York Post:
“It’s painful to see him used as a political tool. We don’t need to throw him into this whole war of left versus right. Vaccine versus non-vaccine. I’m independent, so I’m indifferent, but what is being done to his name … this is disgusting.”
While Meat Loaf was allegedly “seriously ill” with Covid-19 days before his death, Lobliner urged restraint in assuming that Covid-19 was his actual cause of death:
“People should not jump to conclusions that COVID was the reason why Meat Loaf died,” he said. “He was 74 years old and he lived a very rock star life, and I’m sure he loved every minute of it.”
Lobliner mentioned that he had not seen Meat Loaf in the weeks following the singer’s injury, implying that Covid-19 was not alone in the singer’s list of serious ailments: “I think he’s been sick for a while, like maybe November, December. He hurt his back.”
Thinking of a photo Lobliner had shared this week on Instagram with Meat Loaf, the bodybuilder reminisced about his late friend.
“He was always full of energy with a huge smile on his face. The life of any party.”
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Meat Loaf had waded into the Covid-19 debate himself, posting a video in which he laid the blame for the pandemic on China while wishing a fan named Marty a happy birthday:
“Marty, take care … I hope you’re able to have at least your family celebrate your birthday with you. I know COVID is a drag and we’re all suffering because of it, and you can blame China, so that’s it.”
This has of course led to plenty of commentary from the sages of Twitter:
Meatloaf, unvaccinated, died from covid.
Media: Here’s how that’s bad for Biden.
— I Smoked Uncle Clarence Thomas (@BlackKnight10k) January 21, 2022
Submitted without comment. https://t.co/05rHxx3CPo
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) January 23, 2022
Some noted the singer’s blasé attitude towards Covid-19 and seeming indifference to any consequences of getting sick with the disease:
— Roshan Rinaldi (@Roshan_Rinaldi) January 21, 2022
However, while internet pundits chimed in from all quarters, most simply wished the singer well and recalled his hits, such as “I’d do anything for love,” and the good times had while the singer was in his “Bat out of Hell” days of the 70’s.
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