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Meat Loaf, the singer who starred in Rocky Horror Picture Show and recorded one of the best-selling albums of all time, died Thursday night, his longtime agent Michael Greene said. Deadline. He was 74 years old. “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife, Deborah, by his side,” according to a statement posted on his official Facebook page. “From his heart to your souls… never stop swinging!” No cause of death was given.

Born Marvin Lee Aday, Meat Loaf was a hit in rocky horror, playing Eddie in both the cult classic from 1975 and the musical from which it was adapted. He and composer Jim Steinman released Meat Loaf’s Bat out of hell album in 1977, with the hit singles “Two of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”. The album sold 14 million copies, making it one of the 35 best-selling albums in US history.

Bat Out of Hell II: Back to Hell, released in 1993, sold over 5 million albums, and its single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” spent five weeks at No. 1 and earned Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Rock Performance. Steinman, who also collaborated on this album, died last year.

“I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do This)” was also the basis of a relationship competition show. Meat Loaf signed a deal to expand last year, Deadline reports. Meat Loaf served as an executive producer and was scheduled to appear on the show as the backstage emcee, while the artists performed their classic hits live in the studio.

Besides his wife, Meat Loaf is survived by his daughters Pearl and Amanda, who “have been with him for the past 24 hours,” according to the family statement.

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