Meat Loaf, a famous singer, has died at 74!

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Meat Loaf, a famous singer, has died at 74!

American singer Meat Loaf, whose album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at the age of 74, his family has announced. The cause of death was not stated, but a family post on his official Facebook page said his wife Deborah was with him when he died on Thursday.

It reads: “Our hearts are broken, we announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah alongside him. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the last 24 hours.

“His incredible career spanned six decades in which he sold over 100 million albums worldwide and starred in more than 65 films, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World. Bat Out of Hell remains one of the 10 best-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," Meat Loaf's Facebook page posted.

"We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time."

Meat Loaf career

The singer, whose real name was Michael Lee Aday, has sold millions of albums worldwide. The hit 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.

Meat Loaf also played the role of Eddie in the 1975 musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and in 2016 he was awarded the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and invited people to "bring love back to this world." Meat Loaf's career spanned beyond music, and the musician has also starred in a number of films including the 1999 Fight Club and the 1992 Wayne’s World.

Bat Out Of Hell was also adapted as a musical, written by longtime collaborator Jim Steinman, and featured some of the musician’s favorite hits. Meat Loaf spoke openly about the health problems he had, especially asthma, which caused him to crash on stage during a concert in Pittsburgh in 2011, and in 2003 he crashed at Wembley Arena in London and was admitted to hospital.