Meat Loaf’s health ‘declined rapidly’, family members say – Reuters

Meat Loaf’s family attended his bedside after his health declined “faster than expected”.

The ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ hitmaker was surrounded by loved ones when he died on Thursday at the age of 74 and although his daughter Amanda Aday has not confirmed reports that he died after contracting the COVID-19, she admitted her condition had rapidly descended.

Amanda recounted how she and her sister Pearl rushed to Nashville after receiving a call that their father’s health was “declining very quickly, faster than expected.”

She told People magazine, “As soon as we could, we went to his bedside in the hospital and just sat with him and held his hand.”

Amanda was “very grateful” that she and her sister had the chance to see their father before he passed away, and she revealed that some of her closest friends also flew in to see him one last time, and they all were rewarded with moments of “sweet and funny” confessions from the veteran rocker.

She said: “My dad, when it comes to our touring family, that’s what we call it… He’s the boss, but we’re a family…

“He messed up a few of us, which is very dad, very appropriate,” she admits. “That’s a good sign. He’s here. He’s joking.”

The 41-year-old beauty recently got engaged to her partner, a musician named Chill and she revealed the ‘Fight Club’ actor was the one who encouraged her to pop the question.

In September, Meat came to one of Chill’s shows and asked, “When are you going to marry my daughter? Because you have to so I can walk her down the aisle before I die.”

Chill told him, “I plan for that, Meat. I love him.”

The “Dead Ringer For Love” singer replied, “Well, I love you. And I know you love her. So let’s make it happen.”

The pair then “texted every day” while making “secret plans” for the proposal because Amanda’s dad “wanted to make sure I had some kind of overdone event.”

Poignantly, the last conversation Amanda had with her father was about their wedding, when she told him to “get strong” so he could walk her down the aisle.

He asked when that would happen and she recalled, “And I said, ‘As soon as you get out of here, we’ll go to the courthouse, if you like. We’ll do it right now.

“And he said, ‘No courthouse, but okay, let’s go. So, and those weren’t his last words, but his last words directly to me.”

Plans for a funeral and memorial service have yet to be finalized.

Amanda noted, “We certainly hope there will be one and plan to send out many invitations to people that Dad loved and respected and who we hope will want to be a part of it.”

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