Meat Loaf, the singer who starred in Rocky Horror Picture Show and recorded one of many best-selling albums of all time, died Thursday evening, his longtime agent Michael Greene told Deadline. He was 74. “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife, Deborah, by his side,” according to a statement on his official Facebook web page. “From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!” No explanation for loss of life was given.
Born Marvin Lee Aday, Meat Loaf was a success in Rocky Horror, enjoying Eddie in each the cult basic 1975 movie and the stage musical it was tailored from. He and composer Jim Steinman launched Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell album in 1977, with hit singles “Two of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” The album bought 14 million copies, making it one of many 35 bestselling albums in U.S. historical past.
Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, launched in 1993, has bought greater than 5 million albums, and its hit single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” spent 5 weeks at No. 1 and earned Meat Loaf a Grammy for Best Rock Performance. Steinman, who additionally collaborated on that album, died final 12 months.
“I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” was additionally the idea for a relationship competitors present Meat Loaf signed a deal to develop final 12 months, Deadline reports. Meat Loaf was government producer and set to seem within the present as a behind-the-scenes grasp of ceremonies, whereas artists performed their basic hits dwell in studio.
Along together with his spouse, Meat Loaf is survived by daughters Pearl and Amanda, each of whom “have been with him throughout the last 24 hours,” according to the family’s statement.