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‘A Legend’: Celebrities, Collaborators Pay Tribute to Meat Loaf

Cher, Andrew Lloyd Weber and others are among those memorializing the singer and actor, who died Thursday at the age of 74

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News of the death of larger-than-life singer and actor Meat Loaf on Thursday at the age of 74 led to an outpouring of tributes from fellow artists and collaborators on social media.

“Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did ‘Dead Ringer,” Cher tweeted Thursday. “Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day?”

“I am shocked & saddened by the sudden death of Meat Loaf,” singer Bonnie Tyler wrote. “He was, as you might imagine, a larger than life character with a voice & stage presence to match & is one of those rare people who truly was a one off talent and personality.” Tyler’s chart-topping 1983 single “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was written and produced by frequent Meat Loaf collaborator Jim Steinman, who died last April.

Singer Boy George offered his condolences while sharing a humorous anecdote about the late singer on Twitter, saying, Meat Loaf “once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.”

“I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf,” comedian Stephen Fry tweeted. “Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century.”

“Never Gonna Give You Up” crooner Rick Astley called Meat Loaf “a legend,” and shared a snapshot of the two together.

“The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock,” wrote famed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, adding “Give my best to Jim,” referring to Steinman.

The news of Meat Loaf’s passing was confirmed by the singer’s family in a post on his official Facebook page. A cause of death was not given.

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