Famous rock opera singer, Meat Loaf is dead. He passed away recently. However, the cause of death is not yet known. Continue reading to learn about the singer's personal life, including how he proposed to his first wife with a Salmon.
Born on September 27, 1947, in Dallas, Texas, Michael Lee Aday, a renowned American singer and actor popularly known as Meat Loaf.
He became a household name in 1977, following the release of his rock opera album "Bat Out of Hell," which consisted of hit songs like "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" and "Paradise By The Dashboard Light."
Photo of rock singer Meat Loaf at an event. [Left] | Rock singer Meat Loaf with his ex wife and his two kids. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images
Aside from music, Meat Loaf was also famous for movies. He starred in more than 50 motion pictures and TV programs. However, his most remarkable performance was as Eddie in the cult film "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Sadly, the Hollywood star passed away recently but will still be remembered for many things, including his love life. Meat Loaf was married twice to Leslie Aday and Deborah Gillespie in his lifetime. Here is everything to know about the rock opera singer's love life.
Meat Loaf at SiriusXM Studios on August 21, 2019 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
MEAT LOAF MAKES AN ODD PROPOSAL
Before their divorce, Leslie and Meat Loaf were the most admired couple. The pair first met in the late '70s — at the beginning of the musician's success.
Meat Loaf, his friend Todd Rundgren and the rest of the crew visited Bearsville Records' recording studio. At the time, Leslie worked there as a secretary.
She was beautiful, and it was only a matter of time before the musician fell in love with her. Meat Loaf looked for the best way to wow Leslie, and he found it.
Meat Loaf at New York City Center on August 20, 2019 in New York City. | Photo: Getty Images
He made what Rundgren tagged as his "first big move." Rundgren witnessed his friend propose to Leslie most oddly. He recalled how it went down during an interview in 2017.
Rundgren revealed that he and Meat Loaf were at the Bear Cafe when the latter gave Leslie a package he brought from New York.
Inside the present was a whole giant salmon. Rundgren said at that point; it was as though a bear had "proposed to his mate." Instead of using a ring, he used a salmon.
Meat Loaf at the London Coliseum on St Martin's Lane on November 3, 2016 in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images
THEIR WEDDING WAS AWKWARD
Although the proposal was not regular, the former lovebirds tied the knot within a month. They got married in Rundgren's house, and he mentioned that it was a funny and awkward ceremony.
The man said the priest that joined the couple was so old that it was hard differentiating between the bride and the groom. According to Rundgren, the priest focused on Leslie and said:
"Do you Marvin, take Leslie as your lawful wedded wife?"
Meat Loaf performing on stage during the Bat Out Of Hell Tour, USA, March 1978. | Photo: Getty Images
However, the man standing next to the priest intervened and whispered everything into his ear. Rundgren revealed that it was an amusing sight.
MEATLOAF IS A FATHER OF TWO
Upon their marriage, Meat Loaf adopted Leslie's daughter, Pearl, born on April 15, 1975. They lived as a beautiful family of three until they expanded, following the birth of their daughter, Amanda. To date, the two ladies are doing well professionally.
According to her Instagram bio, Pearl is a singer. She sang in her father's touring band for many years and eventually started her band, where she sang with her husband, Scott Ian.
On the other hand, Amanda is a talented actress. She graduated from IAA in 1998 and had landed several movie roles. She is best known for starring as Dora Mae Dreifuss in the HBO series "Carnivàle."
Other products she has featured in include "The Trials of Kate McCall," "Escort Service," "Day After The Revolution," "South Dakota," "Crazy In Alabama," "Private Practice," and many others.
Since his demise, several celebrities have spoken nice words about the singer.
DIVORCE AND LIFE AFTER LESLIE
Meat Loaf and Leslie stayed married for a long time, overcoming various challenges. However, after 25 years of marriage, they called it quits in 2001. After the divorce, the singer moved to California, where he lived a quiet life of "hard-earned modesty.
He lived in the apartment with his girlfriend-turned-wife, Deborah Gillespie. The couple got married in 2007 and stayed together until Meat Loaf's unfortunate demise.
Portrait of rock singer Meat Loaf circa 1987. | Photo: Getty Images
INSIDE MEAT LOAF'S HEALTH CHALLENGES
Although the singer was phenomenal, he struggled with his health. Time and again, Meat Loaf spoke about how he was greatly affected by asthma. Sometimes, the illness made him collapse while performing on stage.
In 2003, the musician collapsed at the Wembley Arena in London and was immediately rushed to the hospital. He had another episode in 2011 during a stage performance in Pittsburgh. Meat Loaf collapsed for the third time in 2016 while performing in Canada.
The cause of the collapse was reportedly due to severe dehydration. Meat Loaf reassured his fans of his health despite all of these occurrences.
Meat Loaf poses for a portrait at the launch for Jim Steinman's 'Bat Out of Hell The Musical' at the London Coliseum on St Martin's Lane on November 3, 2016, in London, England. | Photo: Getty Images
MEAT LOAF DIES WITH HIS NEW WIFE BY HIS SIDE
He finally passed away at 74 on January 20, 2022. In an official statement released by the family on Facebook, it was revealed that the musician died with his wife, daughters, and close friends beside him. The Facebook post also read:
"His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies."
The family further noted that they were aware of the public's love for Meat Loaf, and they were grateful for all the support. They concluded by saying:
"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."
Other details, including the cause of death, are yet to be released. However, since his demise, several celebrities have spoken nice words about the singer.
Singer Cher mentioned that it was fun working with Meat Loaf, while Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber said the vaults of heaven would be ringing with rock. Meat Loaf was an inspiration to many young musicians and will be greatly missed. May his soul rest in peace.