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American singer Meat Loaf, known for hits like Bat Out Of Hell, has died at the age of 74 after selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and starring in 65 films, his family announced today.
The singer, whose real name was Marvin Lee Aday, died with his wife Deborah by his side, and although his family did not give any cause or other details, he had suffered numerous health problems over the years. of the years. Meat Loaf had an extraordinary career spanning six decades with the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy among his most popular musical offerings.
Their hits included the nearly ten-minute title track from Bat Out Of Hell, Paradise By The Dashboard Light from the same album, and I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) from the 1993 album Bat Out Of Hell. II: Back to hell.
The single I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) reached number one in 28 countries and earned him a Grammy Award. The rocker also played the role of Eddie in the 1975 musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
In 2016 he was honored with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony, which dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to “give love back to this world.” His career spanned more than just music, with the musician also appearing in a number of films including 1999’s Fight Club and 1992’s Wayne’s World.
Bat Out Of Hell was also adapted as a stage musical, which premiered in Manchester in 2017 after being written by long-time collaborator Jim Steinman and featured some of the Texas-born musician’s best-loved hits.
Meat Loaf had been outspoken about the health issues plaguing him, in particular asthma, which caused him to collapse onstage during a concert in Pittsburgh in 2011, and in 2003 he collapsed at Wembley Arena in London and was admitted to hospital. He later held a press conference in Kensington to reassure fans about his health. Then, following a collapse onstage in Canada in 2016, a statement said it was due to “severe dehydration.”
Born in Dallas in 1947, Meat Loaf found early success on the stage in the 1970s, performing in the Broadway musicals Hair and The Rocky Horror Show, before shifting his focus to rock music around 1972.
Meat Loaf began collaborating with Jim Steinman, who died last April, on a debut album that year that showcased his powerful voice and established his leather -clad, biker-riding rock persona.
And the singer will be best remembered for singing on Bat Out Of Hell: ‘Like a bat from hell, I’ll be gone when the morning comes; When the night is over, like a bat out of hell, I’ll be gone, gone, gone.
A statement from Meat Loaf’s family posted on the star’s Facebook page this morning read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.” Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the last 24 hours.
Quick Facts :
- American singer Meat Loaf has died after selling more than 100million albums and starring in 65 movies
- He had extraordinary career over six decades with Bat Out Of Hell trilogy among most popular offerings
- I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) reached number one in 28 countries and won him a Grammy
- Suffered health issues including asthma and collapsed on stage in Pittsburgh in 2011 and London in 2003