Howard Stern Calls on Meat Loaf’s Family to Advocate for COVID-19 Vaccines Following Singer’s Death

Music legend Meat Loaf died on Jan. 20, and now Howard Stern is calling for his family to advocate for the coronavirus vaccine. However, Meat Loaf was just as passionate about his freedom to choose as he was about his music.

Since Meat Loaf was vocal about not wanting to get the vaccine and reports said he’d been ill with the virus just before his death, Stern is under the impression that the singer was not vaccinated and died of the disease. It’s still unknown whether or not the Bat Out of Hell singer was vaccinated, though.

Meat Loaf performing in a white tuxedo shirt at Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia, 1978.
Meat Loaf | Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Meat Loaf didn’t want to be controlled

In August 2021, Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, spoke about COVID-19 mandates during an interview with The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I hug people in the middle of COVID,” the singer said. “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.”

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

When news broke that Meat Loaf died, TMZ reported that he’d been “seriously ill with COVID” and that “his condition quickly became critical.” However, it’s still unclear whether the singer had the vaccine or died of the virus.

Still, that hasn’t stopped Stern from calling Meat Loaf’s family to advocate for the vaccine.

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Stern is calling for Meat Loaf’s family to advocate for the vaccine

After Meat Loaf died, Stern talked about the singer’s legacy on his SiriusXM radio show. Stern also looked back at the seven times Meat Loaf came on the show. However, Stern’s views of the singer quickly changed once he realized Meat Loaf was against the vaccine.

Stern spoke out about Meat Loaf’s death on a recent episode of his radio show (per Uproxx), “Poor Meat Loaf got sucked into some weird f***ing cult. 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!”

Then, Stern called Meat Loaf’s family to advocate for the vaccine. “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.'”

Recently, Stern made headlines after he said hospitals should not admit unvaccinated patients. Stern told vaccine opponents, “It’s time for you to get it. Now, if you don’t get it, in my America, all hospitals would be closed to you. You’re going to go home and die. That is what you should get. Absolutely.”

Meanwhile, Stern is backing Joe Rogan, even though many believe the podcast host has spread COVID-19 misinformation.

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Stern doesn’t want censorship

Recently, Neil Young made headlines when he published an open letter essentially giving Spotify an ultimatum: remove his music off the music streaming platform or remove Joe Rogan’s The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, which Young believes is spreading misinformation about COVID-19.

Spotify has now decided to remove Young’s music, which the “Heart of Gold” singer seems happy about, even though his finances will take a big hit.

Now, Stern has said that he doesn’t like censorship despite his views of vaccines. Young wanted Spotify to do something about Rogan’s podcast, whether that was censoring or some other measure. However, since Stern is a radio host who likes speaking his mind, he’s essentially siding with Rogan.

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