Meat Loaf became seriously ill with COVID-19 before he died, TMZ reports. According to the outlet, a source close to the star said the 74-year-old’s condition quickly became critical when he became sick ahead of a business dinner. It is unknown at this time if Meat Loaf was vaccinated against COVID-19. Sources told TMZ that Meat Loaf was outspoken about the virus and was critical of vaccine mandates in Australia.
When the pandemic first began, Meat Loaf offered supportive messages to his fans. “We all need to come together to fight the outbreak of this deadly virus,” Meat Loaf wrote on social media in March 2020, per The Sun. “So, please know how to protect yourself and others around you.” Meat Loaf’s attitude seemed to change over the course of the pandemic, though, as he voiced his frustrations in an interview with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in August 2021. “I understood stopping life for a little while, but they cannot continue to stop life because of politics,” Meat Loaf said of COVID-19 shutdowns. He blasted mask use in his interview, saying, “They don’t do anything. They don’t stop you from getting COVID. They’re just a nuisance and make your nose itch and make it so you can’t breathe.” The star even foreshadowed his own tragic death in the interview when speaking about dodging the control of the government. “If I die, I die,” Meat Loaf said, “but I’m not going to be controlled.”