Rock star Meat Loaf, who died Thursday night at the age of 74, was reportedly sick with COVID-19.
While the official cause of death for the Grammy-winning musician, real name Marvin Lee Aday, has not yet been revealed, TMZ reported Friday that the “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” singer had to cancel a business dinner earlier this week after becoming “seriously ill with COVID.”
According to the outlet, sources said his health deteriorated quickly after that. TMZ added that the chart-topper had been outspoken against COVID vaccine mandates in Australia.
It’s unclear if he was vaccinated against the deadly coronavirus.
The death of the over-the-top hitmaker was confirmed Thursday by his agent, Michael Green, with a statement shared by his family.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” the family said. “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… From his heart to your souls… don’t ever stop rocking!”
Meat Loaf’s reps did not immediately respond to a request for comment.