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Meat Loaf, US singer whose hits included Bat Out of Hell, has died aged 74

Written by on 21 January 2022

Meat Loaf, the American singer and actor, has died at the age of 74, a statement on his official Facebook page said.

Real name, Michael Lee Aday, the performer has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

The statement said: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.

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“His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.

“Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.”

The post added: “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. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.

“From his heart to your souls… don’t ever stop rocking!”

In recent years, Meat Loaf had spoken openly about his health issues, notably asthma, which had led to him collapsing on stage in Wembley in 2003 and Pittsburgh in 2011.

He also collapsed while performing in 2016, with a statement later saying he had been suffering from “severe dehydration”.

The cause of death has not been revealed.

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Meat Loaf was one of the most iconic voices in rock music, and tracks such as Dead Ringer For Love, Paradise By The Dashboard Lights and I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) sold millions of copies during his career.

On screen, his turn as Eddie in the original Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975 was one of his first film roles, later appearing in huge box office hits such as Spiceworld: The Movie, Wayne’s World and The 51st State.

The iconic Bat Out Of Hell was the biggest hit of his career

Bat Out Of Hell was written by his collaborator Jim Steinman (who died last year, aged 73), and went on to be released three times – though it only ever got to number 8 on the UK singles chart.

The album however, which also featured tracks Heaven Can Wait, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and All Revved Up With No Place To Go, remains the fourth biggest selling record of all time (behind Michael Jackson, AC/DC and Whitney Houston), despite never reaching number one in the US or UK.

Bat Out Of Hell was also turned into a stage musical, written by Steinman, which is said to be based on Peter Pan.

It premiered in 2017 in Manchester, and went on to get two West End runs, several tours, and productions in the US and Australia.

Pic: Alan Davidson/Shutterstock    Capital Radio's 'Party in the Park' in Aid of the Prince's Trust and Help A London Child at Hyde Park - 06 Jul 2003 Image: Meat Loaf in 2003 with Prince Charles. Pic: Alan Davidson/Shutterstock

Stars pay tribute

Cher, who sang Dead Ringer For Love with him, paid tribute to the star, saying: “Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did ‘Dead Ringer’.

“Am Very Sorry For His Family, Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day”.

Stephen Fry was also among those with memories of the singer, tweeting: “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf.

“Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century.”

Pic: Andre Csillag/Shutterstock    Meat Loaf, HAMMERSMITH ODEON, LONDON, BRITAIN - JUN 1978    Jun 1978 Image: Meat Loaf at the Hammersmith Apollo in 1978. Pic: Andre Csillag/Shutterstock File photo dated 16/10/98 of American singers Cher (left) and Meat Loaf posing for the media with Des Lynam (centre) after they joined him on The Des Lynam Show on BBC Radio 2. US singer Meat Loaf, whose hits included Bat Out of Hell, has died aged 74, a statement on his official Facebook page said. Issue date: Friday January 21, 2022. Image: Cher and Meat Loaf on Des Lynam’s radio show in 1998

Radio presenter Jo Whiley added her tributes, saying: “God I loved Bat Out of Hell. Soundtrack to my youth. Sad news RIP Meatloaf. Extraordinary voice Phenomenonal [sic] character.”

Culture Club frontman Boy George said: “R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.”

Guns N Roses guitarist Slash simply shared a photo of Meat Loaf performing with the caption “RIP”.

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