Meat Loaf, rocker and ‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer, dies at 74

Meat Loaf addresses the crowd at the London Coliseum on November 3, 2016.

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meatloaf, the singer and actor whose album “Bat Out of Hell” became one of the best-selling albums of all time, died at the age of 74.

“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” a post on the star’s official website Facebook page early Friday said. The cause of death is still unclear.

Born Marvin Lee Aday, the rock musician‘s career spans six decades in the music and film industries. He was beloved by fans and rose to unlikely rock stardom with dark-hearted theatrical anthems and an iconic long-haired look.

He was also known for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” and for playing Eddie in the cult movie “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, with his signature song “Hot Patootie ( Bless my soul).”

Meat Loaf died surrounded by loved ones, including his daughters Pearl and Amanda, according to the post.

Recalling the Grammy winner’s “incredible career”, the post said the Dallas-born star had sold over 100 million albums worldwide and appeared in more than 65 films.

Although not a consistent hitmaker, Meat Loaf has deepened his connection to his fan base through frenzied live broadcasts, social media and a series of radio and film appearances.

His acting career included roles in ‘Fight Club’, ‘Wayne’s World’ and ‘Focus’.

“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support as we go through this time of grief at losing such an inspiring artist and such a handsome man,” the post read. about the singer.

“We appreciate your understanding of our need for privacy at this time,” he added.

“From his heart to your souls… never stop swinging!”

Written and composed by his frequent collaborator Jim Steinman, who died last year at the age of 73, Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album, “Bat Out of Hell”, is one of the best-selling albums in US history.

His singles, “Two of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” both went platinum in 2018. according to the Recording Industry Association of America.

The origins of Meat Loaf’s nickname are somewhat of a mystery, with his alleged beginnings ranging from a favorite recipe of his mother, who died when he was still a teenager, to his weight.

In one 2003 interviewthe artist suggested it was intentional, saying he “wanted to maintain a constant lie”.

“I was born in 1951, but see how good that is, because everyone asks me? And I can go on – I can tell you that I was really born in 1952.” What would that be for? “Because names and ages piss me off. So I lie continuously,” he said.

In 2016, Meat Loaf raised concerns among fans after collapse on stage due to severe dehydration at a concert in Canada.

The 68-year-old artist was performing the hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” when he suddenly lay down during the show at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton .

The artist was rushed to hospital for routine tests. He was, however, able to recover from the incident, with representatives saying he wanted to express his “heartfelt thanks for everyone’s support and best wishes”.

In the early hours of Friday morning, tributes to the artist poured in from around the world as Americans began to wake up to the news of Meat Loaf’s passing.

“I hope heaven is as you remember it from the dash light, Meat Loaf,” actor Stephen Fry tweeted.

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