Meat Loaf, the iconic voice behind Bat Out of Hell - Dead at 74
Meat Loaf, who was born Marvin Lee Aday and later changed to Michael Lee Aday, has died at 74.
The news was sadly confirmed by his family in a post on the singer’s Facebook page. A cause of death was not given.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda, and close friends,” the family wrote.
“His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Wayne’s World. 'Bat Out of Hell' remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.”
They continued, “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
The Dallas-born singer was best known for his 1977 debut album 'Bat Out of Hell', which he released a few years after playing Eddie in the musical film 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'. His 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That),” from Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, earned him a Grammy award.
Jim Steinman, who was the centerpiece of Bat Out of Hell, writing all its tracks, co-producing, and coming up with its famous cover concept passed away early last year, aged 73.