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Meat Loaf Dies Aged 74

Friday, 21 January 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Meat Loaf official Facebook page

Meat Loaf has died aged 74.

The American singer and actor, born Marvin Lee Aday, passed away on January 20 with his wife Deborah Gillespie by his side. The news was confirmed with a post on his official Facebook page, though the cause of his death has not been released:

"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.

"His amazing career spanned six 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.

"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 star's 1977 debut album, 'Bat Out Of Hell', written and composed by longtime collaborator Jim Steinman, is one of the biggest-selling albums in history, having sold 14 million copies.

He went on to make two more records in the 'Bat Out Of Hell' trilogy: 'Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell' and 'Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose'. In 1994, he won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance Solo for I'd Do Anything for Love.

He put out a string of other records, including 'Blind Before I Stop', 'Midnight At The Lost And Found', 'Welcome To The Neighbourhood'. Steinman, who died in 2021, also teamed up with Meat Loaf for 1981's 'Dead Ringer' and 1984's 'Bad Attitude'.

During his acting career, notably he played Eddie in the 1975 musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, was bouncer Tiny in 1992's Wayne's World, and appeared opposite Brad Pitt as Robert Paulson in 1999's Fight Club.



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