Legendary American singer and actor, Meat Loaf, has died aged 74.
Born Marvin Lee Aday, he rose to stardom with his 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell that has sold over 14 million units in the US alone.
Known for big hits such as Paradise by the Dashboard Light and I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf also enjoyed a flurry of success in acting.
In the 1970s, he performed in Broadway musicals Hair and The Rocky Horror Show.
Later on in his illustrious career, he made appearances on screen in films like Fight Club and, once again, the Rocky Horror Show.
The news of his passing was announced on his Facebook page on the morning of Friday 21 January.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda, and close friends.”
“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,” they said. “We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.”
They added: “From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
Rest in Peace, Meat Loaf.