'I hope paradise is as you remember it' - stars pay tribute to Meat Loaf

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LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Meat Loaf, the U.S. rock star whose debut "Bat Out of Hell" became one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died aged 74. Here are reactions from fellow entertainers and others. read more

AMERICAN SINGER CHER:

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

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BRITISH SINGER BOY GEORGE READING:

"R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood."

BRITISH WRITER AND ACTOR STEPHEN FRY:

"I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf. He had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly."

BRITISH PRODUCER PETE WATERMAN:

"It was his voice – you knew what you got with Meat Loaf. It was 100 per cent of everything."

BRITISH COMPOSER ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER:

"The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock. RIP Meatloaf."

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP:

"Meat Loaf was a great guy — got to know him very well doing Celebrity Apprentice," he said in a statement, referring to the reality TV show Trump hosted. "He was smart, talented, open, and warm."

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Reporting by Reuters bureaux, Editing by Angus MacSwan

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