Meat Loaf, the iconic singer whose 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at age 74, according to a statement posted on his verified Facebook page.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” the statement said. “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours.”
Meat Loaf’s agent confirmed his death to CNN. No cause of death was shared.
The singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, was born in Dallas, Texas.
Meat Loaf’s two biggest albums – 1977’s “Bat Out of Hell” and 1993’s follow-up “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” – produced several hit singles, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”, “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”.
He also won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Rock Solo Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love”.
Meat Loaf has also appeared in numerous television shows and films, including the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “Fight Club” and “More Idiot The Better”.
The singer had spoken in the past about physical issues affecting his ability to perform. But in November 2021, he posted on Facebook that he would be returning to the studio in the New Year, saying he had had four back surgeries.
“The back surgeries hurt everything. Before the back surgeries I was still trying to play shows, that’s when some of you saw me or heard about me passing out on stage and finally stopping the UK tour. I couldn’t hit high notes because of back pain. Not a slight backache. Pain that would bring you to your knees,” he wrote.
In 2016, the singer collapsed at a concert in the Canadian city of Edmonton and was admitted to the hospital. The cause was dehydration, a spokesperson said at the time.
* Sean Federico-O’Murchu of CNN contributed to this story.
Reference: CNN Brasil