Marvin Lee Aday, the rock icon better known as Meat Loaf, has died at the age of 74.
The death of the larger-than-life singer whose bombastic rock opera “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time was confirmed with a statement to the press by a representative.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” the statement read. “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”
Meat Loaf’s agent has since confirmed his death. No cause of death was shared.
Tributes poured in for the artist whose career spanned six decades.
“Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did “Dead Ringer,” Cher tweeted. “Am Very Sorry For His Family, Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day.”
Not just a rock icon, the singer’s career included dozens of movies, including “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Fight Club,” and “Wayne’s World.”
Meat Loaf’s two biggest albums — 1977’s “Bat Out of Hell” and the 1993 follow-up “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” — produced numerous 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 Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love.”
The singer grew up in Dallas, Texas, and was still a teenager when his mother died. He acquired the nickname Meat Loaf around the same time and has varied origin stories, from being his favorite meal to his weight.
He left for Los Angeles after college and was soon fronting the band Meat Loaf Soul. For years, he alternated between music and the stage, recording briefly for Motown, opening for such acts as The Who and the Grateful Dead, and appearing in the Broadway production of “Hair” and “The Rocky Horror Show.”
His album “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the 10 bestselling albums of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 40 million copies.
The 1977 album was a collaboration with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren. Steinman died last year.
Meat Loaf and Steinman had a falling out and didn’t work together for years but managed to reunite in 2016.
While the cause of the rock legend’s death remains unknown at this time he, acknowledged physical problems that had affected his ability to perform. But in November, he posted on Facebook that he’d had four back surgeries and would be back in the studio in the new year.