American singer Meat Loaf died on Thursday at the age of 74, a statement posted on his official Facebook page said on Friday.
He was best known for his album “Bat Out of Hell”, which was one of the best-selling albums of all time.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” read a post on Meat Loaf’s Facebook page.
“Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours,” he added.
The statement did not reveal the singer’s cause of death.
During a performance in Berlin in 2013
From Marvin Lee Aday to Meatloaf
Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas on September 27, 1947, he used his inheritance after his mother’s death to move to Los Angeles, where he formed the band Meat Loaf Soul. Meat Loaf’s nickname apparently comes from his football coach, because of his weight.
The band’s first gig was in a California bar in 1968, opening for then Van Morrison’s band Them. With various new guitarists joining Meat Loaf’s band, the name changed several times; they have performed among others as Popcorn Blizzard and Floating Circus.
The singer then joined a touring production of the musical “Hair”, securing a recording offer with Motown Records. The album “Stoney & Meatloaf” (sic) was released in 1971.
Cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Meat Loaf continued his stage career, joining the original LA Roxy cast of the musical “The Rocky Horror Show” in 1973. The hit show was adapted into a movie, “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975), where Meat Loaf played the role of Eddie, a minor character who is nevertheless mentioned throughout the story. The film has become a cult cultural phenomenon.
During this same period, he began working on his best-known album, “Bat Out of Hell”, which was released in 1977.
“Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums in the world, with 43 million copies sold worldwide, including nearly 15 million in the United States.
Perhaps Meat Loaf’s best-known song was the power ballad “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”, released in 1993 on the album “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hello”. The single hit No. 1 on the US charts the year it was released, staying there for five weeks, according to Deadline. It also earned Meat Loaf a Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.
While producing more albums, including a third title in the series “Bat Out of Hell” in 2006, he continued to perform as an actor, appearing in more than 50 films and television shows, sometimes as as himself or as a character resembling his stage persona. , notably in the films “Wayne’s World” (1992), “Spice World” (1997) and “Fight Club” (1999).
According to DeadlineMeat Loaf was to develop a television series, based on his hit single, including a comedy series of chores for couples.
Despite his name, Meat Loaf has said in interviews that he’s actually been a vegetarian for 10 years and went public with his Veganism Month for Veganuary in 2020.