It’s a sad day in Hollywood. Two entertainment icons, musician Meat Loaf and comedian Louie Anderson, died within hours of each other.
Meat Loaf (1947-2022)
Overnight, legendary rock-n-roll artist Meat Loaf passed away. He was 74 years old. While the cause of death is still not clear, he was surrounded by his family when he passed.
Meat Loaf’s album “Bat out of Hell”, released in 1977, was one of the highest grossing of its time. The singer made a comeback in the 1993 with his first and only number one hit, “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”. The Grammy award-winning ballad went platinum in the United States and rose to number one in 28 countries.
In addition to music, Meat Loaf acted in movies, including Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club.
Louie Anderson (1953-2022)
Hours later, comedian and actor Louie Anderson passed away. He was 68 years old. Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of complications from cancer. According to his publicist and longtime friend, Anderson had a type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Anderson’s four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely, Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series “Baskets”.
Like with Meat Loaf, fans honored Anderson on social media following the news of his death. Fellow comedian Gilbert Gottfried posted a photo of himself with Anderson and Bob Saget, who died earlier in January. The caption read: “Both good friends that will be missed.”
“Baskets’ was such a phenomenal ‘second act’ for Louie Anderson. I wish he’d gotten a third,” Michael McKeen tweeted.
“You’ll be missed, Louie. What an awesome friend. One in a million,” George Wallace wrote.