Singer and actor was 74 – The Hollywood Reporter

Meat Loaf, the rock star behind the sale of monsters Bat out of hell album trilogy who was famous for her booming voice and theatrical presence and also made memorable appearances in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and fight club, is dead. He was 74 years old.

The singer died Thursday night with his wife Deborah by his side, his agent Michael Greene confirmed in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “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,” the statement read. “From his heart to your souls… never stop swinging!”

The statement adds that his daughters Pearl and Amanda were able to spend time with their father before his death. No cause of death has been revealed.

A larger-than-life figure who found success on Broadway as well as television and film, Meat Loaf rose to worldwide fame with his solo debut, 1977. Bat out of hell, which sold over 14 million copies in the United States alone and became one of the best-selling albums of all time. The final entries in the trilogy, composed by the late Jim Steinman, would also sell for millions.

He was born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947 in Dallas, Texas, the son of Orvis, a former police officer, and Wilma, a schoolteacher. Young Meat Loaf’s family life was disruptive, due to his father’s alcoholism and spent time living with his grandmother. He left Texas for Los Angeles in 1967 to pursue a musical career.

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