Singer and Actor Meat Loaf Dead at 74

Rolling Stone
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Meat Loaf , the theatrical rock singer whose Bat Out of Hell album trilogy made him one of the best-selling musical artists in history, died Thursday at the age of 74.

The news was confirmed by the singer’s family in a post on his official 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. “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.”

Born Marvin Lee Aday on Sept. 27, 1947 in Dallas, Texas, Meat Loaf’s early forays in the music industry began in Los Angeles in the 1960s with the formation of his band, Meat Loaf Soul. (The singer’s culinary-inspired moniker dated back to his days as a high school football player.) Despite several lineup and name changes, the group found minor success opening for artists such as Janis Joplin, the Who, the Stooges, and the Grateful Dead.

Meat Loaf was best known for his 1977 debut album Bat Out Of Hell, which he released a few years after playing Eddie 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.

News of Meat Loaf’s passing led to an outpouring of tributes from fellow artists and collaborators on social media.

“Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did ‘Dead Ringer,” Cher tweeted Thursday. “Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day?”

The singer’s death comes shortly after the death of his longtime collaborator and Bat Out of Hell composer, Jim Steinman .

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