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Howard Stern asks Meat Loaf's family to help sway anti-vaxxers

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Howard Stern and Michael Aday, better known as Meatloaf. © Provided by National Post Howard Stern and Michael Aday, better known as Meatloaf.
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Howard Stern is appealing to the family of late musician Meat Loaf to publicly support COVID vaccinations.

“Poor Meat Loaf got sucked into some weird f——— cult,” said the SiriusXM radio show host in an episode on Tuesday. “And somehow really believed that — he made a statement, ‘I’d rather die a free man than take that vaccine.’ And now he’s dead!”

Stern then urged the singer’s family to speak out against vaccine scepticism, reports Mediaite.

“I wish the family would come forward and say, ‘Ya know, when Meat Loaf was laying there in the hospital, and he couldn’t breathe, he said, ‘I made a mistake. I should have taken the vaccine.’ Like all these anti-vaxxers, they all say, ‘I made a mistake.’”

Marvin Lee Aday, who went by the name of Meat Loaf, died on Jan. 20, at the age of 74, after a bout with COVID, multiple media outlets have reported. It’s still unknown whether he was vaccinated.

The ‘Bat out of Hell’ hitmaker knocked COVID regulations in an interview with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in August, saying, “I hug people in the middle of COVID. I understood stopping life for a little while, but they cannot continue to stop life because of politics. And right now they’re stopping because of politics.”

After the reporter commented, “Oh, God. We’re being controlled by everybody,” Meat Loaf replied, “Yeah, I know. But not me. If I die, I die, but I’m not going to be controlled.”

In the last few months, Stern has taken a tough stance against anti-vaxxers. Last week, he advocated for hospitals to deny care to anyone who is still unvaccinated against COVID.

“In my America, all hospitals would be closed to you, he said. You’re going to go home and die. That is what you should get. Absolutely.”

The ‘Paradise By the Dashboard Light’ star’s family has not responded to Howard, but his daughter Amanda Aday recently provided some details into the rocker’s last moments alive before he passed away.

She said she and her sister Pearl rushed to Nashville after receiving a call informing them their dad’s health “was declining very rapidly, more rapidly than expected.”

The 41-year-old actress said: “As soon as we could, we just went to his bedside at the hospital and just sat with him and held his hand.

“He flipped a couple of us off, which is very dad, very appropriate. That’s a good sign. He’s there. He’s joking.”

With files from Bang Showbiz

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