Iconic Rockstar And Actor Meat Loaf Passes Away At 74

The Bat out of Hell singer had sold over 100 million records and was a hard rock pioneer.

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Meat Loaf, the singer whose Bat Out Of Hell album is one of the best-selling of all time, has died at the age of 74. The news was confirmed on the star's Facebook page by his family.

"Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," the message read. "We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support as we move through this time of grief such an inspiring artist and beautiful man."

The star, born Marvin Lee Aday, had sold 100 million albums worldwide and also appeared in movies like Fight Club, the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Wayne's World as well as starred in television shows House, Tales from the Crypt, and even Fox's Glee. His flair for the dramatic gave heavy metal a theatrical voice which gave Meat Loaf colossal acclaim in 1993 with his 1993 "I'll Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)" music video. The song earned him a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocalist.

The condolences poured in quickly, including from Queen's Adam Lambert, Boy George, Cher, with who he collaborated on Dead Ringer for Love, and Broadway legend Andrew Lloyd Webber.

"The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock. RIP Meatloaf. Give my best to Jim," Webber tweeted.

In 1977, he released his album Bat Out of Hell to enormous success, which was followed by two more albums under the same name, collectively called the Bat Out of Hell Trilogy. In 2017, the Bat Out of Hell: The Musical premiered in the Manchester Opera House, eventually coming to Broadway in 2019.

He is survived by his two daughters and wife and leaves an iconic, one-of-a-kind legacy in rock history.

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