American singer and actor Meat Loaf, famous for his rock anthem “Bat Out of Hell”, has died at the age of 74, according to a statement released Friday.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” read a statement on his Facebook page.
“Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours.”
Meat Loaf distinguished itself in the late 1970s with its burgeoning vocal range and lavish stage productions.
The burly Texas-born singer is perhaps best known for his 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” and hit songs such as “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (1977), “I’m Gonna Love Her for Both of Us” (1981) and “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do This)” (1993).
“Bat Out of Hell” has reportedly sold some 43 million copies and is one of the best-selling albums of all time.
According to the statement on Facebook, his career spanned six decades which saw him sell over 100 million albums and appear in over 65 films.
“From his heart to your souls… never stop swinging!” he added.
Besides his rock concerts, Meat Loaf had small roles in films and television shows, including the musical “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) and “Fight Club” (1999).
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