Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life singer and actor whose 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” was one of the best-selling albums of all time, died on Thursday. He was 74 years old.
His death was announced on his official Facebook page. The statement said the musician’s wife was by his side and his friends were with him during his last 24 hours. A cause of death was not given.
Meat Loaf, who was born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947, had a career few could match. Over six decades, he’s sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, according to the release, and appeared in such films as “Fight Club,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World.”
“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support we are going through this time of grief at losing such an inspiring artist and a beautiful man,” the statement read. “We appreciate your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.”
A full obituary will be published soon.