Honestly, I'm not one of Meatloaf's biggest fans, but I did have an incredible amount of respect for the talented musician because of his long partnership with songwriter Jim Steinman. On his own, Meatloaf's work was middleground stuff so far as I'm concerned (no, haters, I'm not a music critic in any estimation of the word), but when the two of these minds paired up they produced some incredibly magical stuff. The Bat Out Of Hell albums are phenomenal listening experiences; and I'd argue whether or not you're into this style of rock there's some showmanship that deserves to be explored at least with a single listen.
Not all that long ago, I think Meatloaf appeared on one of those 'Songwriter' specials (VH1? MTV?), and the wifey and I watched it on video. Much like the music he performed, Meatloaf knew how to tell a great story; and he recounted some fabulous tales regarding his career and compositions. Fans of the man are also encouraged to check it out (I suspect it's probably available either for purchase or streaming somewheres), and I think you'll find some of what he shared especially bittersweet now that he's gone.
But music wasn't his only passion. Though I'd argue Meatloaf was no accomplished actor, he's enjoyed a somewhat prolific career as a guest star to such programs as Monsters, Tales From The Crypt, The Outer Limits, and Ghost Wars (so far as genre-specific titles are concerned). I think it's safe to suggest that singers know more than a thing or two about living larger-than-life, and he could bring some of the required sensibilities to acting as a side gig.
Alas, no one lasts forever, and he's shaken off his mortal coil as of yesterday. Though it's sad to see him go, I find comfort in knowing that his powerful voice will sing on so that others may continue to find and appreciate what a gift he was while turning out hit-after-hit when the inspiration moved him.
Prayers to the man's friends and family in their time of need.