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A look back at Meat Loaf’s health issues over the years

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Rock superstar Meat Loaf died Thursday at the age of 74, according to a family statement provided by longtime agent Michael Greene.

The beloved musician is known for his ‘Bat Out of Hell’ album and for dark, theatrical anthems such as ‘Paradise By the Dashboard Light’, ‘Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad’ and ‘I’d Do Anything. “. for love (but I won’t do that).”

A representative said on his Facebook page: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. His daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends accompanied him during the last 24 hours.”

No cause of death was given. But over the years, the singer, whose real name was Marvin Lee Aday, has had many health issues.

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In 2003, Meat Loaf underwent heart surgery after collapsing on stage at Wembley Arena in London.

Meat Loaf, whose album “Bat Out Of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died, his representative confirmed on Friday.
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Four years later, while performing in Newcastle, England, he told the crowd it was “probably the last show I’ll do” after suffering from another health problem, according to the New York Times.

In a 2013 interview, Meat Loaf revealed he suffered “18 concussions” and went into more detail about why he thought his UK tour that year would be his last.

“My balance is off. I had a knee replacement. I need to have the other replaced,” he told the UK’s Guardian.

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Before undergoing knee replacement surgery, the musician said he was unable to walk from his bedroom to his kitchen.

“They took me to the hospital in an ambulance to have my knee replaced. And when they did, it was so damaged and torn that it’s going to take a year to come back,” he told the time.

A look back at Meat Loaf’s health issues over the years

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American rock singer Meat Loaf performing, circa 1977.
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When discussing his intention to quit touring, he said it was due to “travel”.

“It takes you away. I want to focus more on acting. That’s where I started and that’s where I’ll end up. This time they’re not going to take me back to the ropes,” said he declared.

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Meat Loaf’s career spanned six decades.
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The legendary rock singer also made headlines in 2016 when he collapsed on stage during a performance in Canada.

According to his rep, the “Bat Out of Hell” singer collapsed due to “severe dehydration” near the end of his concert at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.

He was admitted to a nearby hospital to “undergo routine rest”. According to his rep, his vital signs ended up being “stable and normal” and he was “recovering well.”

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A look back at Meat Loaf’s health issues over the years

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Meat Loaf performing at Park West in Chicago, Illinois on February 17, 1978.
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The singer previously said he has asthma and a medical condition that causes an irregular heartbeat.

“Bat Out of Hell,” his mega-selling collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren, was released in 1977 and made him one of rock’s most recognizable performers. It became one of the best-selling albums in history, with worldwide sales of over 40 million copies.

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Meat Loaf’s biggest musical hit after “Bat Out of Hell” was “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell,” a 1993 reunion with Steinman that sold over 15 million copies and went viral. featured the Grammy-winning single “I’d Do Anything”. for Love (But I Won’t Do That). Steinman died in April.

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Rock star Meat Loaf is pictured with Blondie singer Deborah Harry.
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Aday’s other albums included “Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose”, “Hell in a Handbasket”, and “Braver Than We Are”.

He is survived by Deborah Gillespie, his wife since 2007, and his daughters Pearl and Amanda Aday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A look back at Meat Loaf’s health issues over the years

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