The entertainment world reacted with sadness when it lost rock legend Meat Loaf last week. The rocker's widow's heartache, however, is "beyond words."
In a statement to People magazine, Deborah Gillespie said, "The grief I feel over the loss of my husband is gut-wrenching. I was lying close to Michael when he took his last breath, and my sadness is beyond words."
Deborah always referred to the "I'd Do Anything for Love" singer by his given name, Michael Aday.
"I didn't see him as 'Meat.' I feel much gratitude for the outpouring of love I have received from around the world," she said. "He meant so much to so many people, and it gave me joy to be able to share him with the world. As his wife, I also want everyone to know how much he meant to me as a husband."
Deborah further described their love story.
"For me, it was always about him. From the day we met, he was my world and I loved him. There wasn't a day that went by that we didn't tell the other how much we loved them. Not a day that we didn't hug each other," she continued. "Some of my fondest memories will always be about how we so often laughed, and how we brought out the silliness and playfulness in each other. Michael was a hugger–such a physically affectionate and kind man, and I'm grateful that he brought out those traits in me."
While Meat Loaf's official cause of death isn't known, TMZ reported that the "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" singer died of COVID-19 complications. He was 74.
Deborah, who married Meat Loaf in 2007, described their life together as an "adventure."
"I waited until later in life to get married because I was waiting for the right man," she said. "And oh boy, was he ever the right man for me! I realize how blessed I am to have shared my life with such an incredible person. He didn't hesitate to let me know how much I was appreciated, and often sweetly told me, 'You're a good wife.' I will miss hearing that."
Deborah added, "Our life together was an adventure. He was my best friend, my confidant, my lover and I miss him terribly already. As much as my heart is in pain right now, my heart is also so full of the love and glory we shared together. I will love you forever, Michael."