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‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer Meat Loaf, rock icon and actor, dies aged 74

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‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer Meat Loaf, rock icon and actor, dies aged 74

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Meatloaf in its 1970s heyday.Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

  • Rock music star Meat Loaf has died at the age of 74, according to a statement posted on his social media.

  • The “Bat Out of Hell” singer has sold 100 million albums worldwide.

  • Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, leaves behind two daughters and his wife.

American singer and actor Meat Loaf has died aged 74.

His death was announced in a statement on his Facebook page around midnight Thursday. He said he died with his family around him, but did not give a place or cause of death.

The performer, whose real name was Michael Lee Aday, was known for his hit album ‘Bat out of Hell’ and for starring in ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ as well as a small role in ‘Fight Club’.

“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” the statement read.

“Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours.

“His incredible career has spanned 6 decades which has seen him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 films including ‘Fight Club’, ‘Focus’, ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show “and ‘Wayne’s World,'” he continued.

“‘Bat Out of Hell’ remains one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time.

“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are going through this time of grief at losing such an inspiring artist and a beautiful man.

“We appreciate your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From her heart to your souls…never stop swaying!”

‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer Meat Loaf, rock icon and actor, dies aged 74

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Meat Loaf joins the cast as a special guest as he visits the musical ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ on Broadway at New York City Center on August 20, 2019 in New York City.Bruce Glikas/WireImage via GettyImages

Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday in 1947 in Dallas, Texas. He then changed his first name to Michael.

His entertainment career began when he moved to Los Angeles in 1967, where he started a band called Meat Loaf Soul. He landed a role in the musical “Hair,” which finally hit Broadway in 1973. Meat Loaf was then cast in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” playing Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott, whom he picked up in the movie version of the Show.

In 1977, he launched his album “Bat Out of Hell” with enormous success.

He married Leslie G. Edmonds in 1978 and divorced in 2001. In 2007 he married Deborah Gillespie.

Meat Loaf had spoken publicly about health issues that had affected his career in the past. During an interview with Rolling Stone in 2018, the singer said he was unsure about making another album or touring again due to his health issues.

The rock star was known to suffer from asthma. In 2016, he collapsed on stage during a concert in Edmonton, Canada. The incident was filmed by a fan in the audience. And in 2011, Meat Loaf collapsed during a concert in Pittsburgh. He was treated on stage by doctors and got up to finish the show.

Tributes have been paid to the rock star from the entertainment world. Singer Cher shared her memories of performing alongside Meat Loaf.

“We had so much fun with meatloaf when we did ‘Dead Ringer’,” Cher tweeted. “I’m so sorry for his family, friends and fans. Am I imagining that or are amazing people in the arts dying every other day.”

British writer and animator Stephen Fry paid tribute to Meat Loaf in a series of tweets describing him as “creepy and cuddly”.

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