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Legendary singer Meat Loaf has passed away at the age of 74.
A statement that was posted today (January 21) on his official Facebook page reads: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”
It went on to add: “His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.
“Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.
“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.
“From his heart to your souls… don’t ever stop rocking!”
Tributes have poured in from fans who are all starting to mourn his passing with one writing: “Another great addition to Rock’n’Roll heaven. A true legend of music. RIP Meatloaf you have earned it.”
Another added: “OMG. Feeling devastated. In tears right now. RIP to an amazing rock legend whose music helped me through a lot of difficult and tough times in my life. Will always be my favourite artist of all time.”
And a third commented: “Prayers for comfort and healing. May he rest in peace. Thank you for all the years of entertainment. The world was lucky to have you.”
Paying their respects, another said: “Thank you Meat, your music has been with me through good times and bad, again thank you. You will live on through your music forever. Rest In Peace, but keep rocking!”
Someone else wrote: “So incredibly sorry for your loss – Meat was an inspirational artist and his music is legendary – he will be forever in our hearts and his music will never be forgotten.”
The singer, whose real name was Michael Lee Aday, has sold millions of albums worldwide, with the ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ trilogy among his most popular musical offerings.
In 2016 he was honoured with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to ‘bring love back into this world’.
This is just so quintessentially Kiwi: a bit of casual corruption for mates. It’s all bit of a nudge, nudge, wink, wink, do you know who my missus is?
The Prime Minister’s fiancé Clarke Gayford has today apologised for “any confusion” he caused after speaking to a pharmacist about rapid antigen testing on behalf of a musician mate.
The pharmacist alleges Gayford gave inaccurate advice about testing guidance on behalf of his friend who was trying to get a rapid antigen test after being identified as a potential close contact.
The incident occurred as the first community Omicron case was detected in the community, UK-based DJ Dimension.
National’s Covid-19 spokesman Chris Bishop labelled the incident “deeply inappropriate” and claims the Prime Minister’s fiancé was effectively trying to subvert ministry of health rules for his mates.
The Prime Minister’s office has been contacted for comment.
Sorry for “any confusion”? Sorry for getting busted more like.
After being approached for comment, Gayford issued a statement through his manager saying “Mr Gayford was rung by a friend about Rapid Antigen Testing and was put on speakerphone while the person was in a pharmacy.
“He apologises for any issues or confusion this may have caused the pharmacy staff.”
He did not respond when asked directly whether it was appropriate to be giving pharmacists health advice which later turned out to be incorrect.
Was this part of Clarke Gayford’s claim to be “keeping receipts”, code for doing people favours?
I wonder if the same people hounding Harete Hipango for daring to engage with freedom-loving constituents will be calling for action against Gayford or his missing-in-action missus?
The only person who was confused in all this was Clarke Gayford. No doubt we will get some meaningless waffle out of his manky missus.
In other more enlightened countries, this would be called out for what it is: graft, venal corruption, or a myriad of other words.
Here in sleepy old New Zealand, it’s treated as just a case of shabby name dropping to get your way around rules.