Grammy award winning rock superstar Meat Loaf has passed away at age 74.
Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday, and became a household name through his music and film career.
He sold over 100 million records worldwide.
His debut album “Bat Out of Hell” came out in 1977, and still sits as one of the best selling albums of all time, having sold more than 14 million.
He passed away with his wife Deborah by his side.
His cause of death has yet to be determined.
We offer our prayers to his family.
Rest in Peace Meat Loaf.
BREAKING: Meat Loaf, the rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” has died, his family says on Facebook. https://t.co/WWbxgFgfQL
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 21, 2022
The Associated Press has the sad news:
Meat Loaf, the rock superstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such theatrical, dark-hearted anthems as “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),” has died. He was 74.
The singer born Marvin Lee Aday died Thursday, according to a family statement provided by his longtime agent Michael Greene.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” the statement said. “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… From his heart to your souls… don’t ever stop rocking!”
No cause or other details were given, but Aday had numerous health scares over the years.
Meat Loaf, who sold over 100 million records worldwide and appeared in over 50 movies and TV series, has passed away. He was famed for his booming voice on songs like "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," "Bat Out of Hell" and more https://t.co/6m45inZuro pic.twitter.com/DklRfG0mxF
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 21, 2022
— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) January 21, 2022
“From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!”
— ABC News (@ABC) January 21, 2022
ABC News has the family’s statement following his death:
His death was announced in a statement posted on his official Facebook page late Thursday.
“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.”
Friends and fans of the legendary rocker shared their love and sympathies:
My dear friend, Meat Loaf, has passed away. I just heard the sad news this morning. He was my golf buddy and great soundboard for me in our talks from sports to politics. We just talked a few months ago. RIP
— Kevin Sorbo (@ksorbs) January 21, 2022
Woke up this morning to the sad news that Meat Loaf had passed away. What a tremendous talent gone way too soon. He was also one of the nicest people anyone could ever want to know. This world is a little less bright without him in it. #RIPMeat pic.twitter.com/vCtRCTn3nh
— Travis Tritt (@Travistritt) January 21, 2022
Met Meat Loaf once when I was presenting the Pepsi chart show. I was genuinely star struck. That dissipated quickly, as he was the sweetest, most humble person I had to interview. He made me feel like he was interested in me, not the other way round. One of the good guys. RIP 😞
— Matthew Marsden (@matthewdmarsden) January 21, 2022
RIP Meat Loaf, 74.
One of rock music’s all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest-selling records in history.
A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news. pic.twitter.com/J0UNQgGahn
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 21, 2022
Meat Loaf. What a legend. Rest in peace – Rick x pic.twitter.com/oKfdfetUhh
— Rick Astley (@rickastley) January 21, 2022
I am shocked & saddened by the sudden death of Meat Loaf. He was, as you might imagine, a larger than life character with a voice & stage presence to match & is one of those rare people who truly was a one off talent and personality. Rest In Peace
— Bonnie Tyler (@BonnieTOfficial) January 21, 2022