The US Rock singer and actor Meat Loaf dead at 74 his agent has confirmed. Born Marvin Lee Aday and later legally known as Michael, the musician died on Thursday with his wife, Deborah Gillespie, by his side. No cause of death was shared.
Written and composed by Jim Steinman, Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album Bat Out of Hell remains one of the biggest-selling albums in history. Steinman and Meat Loaf’s 1993 album Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell produced the global hit single I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).
His debut solo single, You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth, was released in 1977 and reached the US and UK Top 40.
Singer Meat Loaf dead at 74
The news of the rock star’s death prompted numerous fond tributes. from the likes of Stephen Fry and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
It was his only UK No 1 single, spending seven weeks at the top. He completed with Bat Out of Hell trilogy with The Monster Is Loose in 2006. The three albums have sold more than 65m copies worldwide.
“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,” his family said in a statement. “From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!”
Meat Loaf also had a breakout role in the 1975 film version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show playing Eddie, an ill-fated delivery boy who sings the song Hot Patootie. He appeared in more than 50 films and TV shows, among them Fight Club, Wayne’s World and Spiceworld the Movie.
In 2021, he signed a deal to develop a relationship competition series titled I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That). He also won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love.”
Meat Loaf cause of death
The US singer was battling physical problems that had affected his ability to perform. But in November, he posted on Facebook that he’d had four back surgeries and would be back in the studio in the new year. Meat Loaf cause of death has blown up with speculation on Twitter.
In 2016, Meat Loaf collapsed at a concert in the Canadian city of Edmonton and was admitted to the hospital. The cause was dehydration, a spokesperson said at the time.
No cause of death was provided in the statement however, the Rock star was known to be suffering from several underlying health issues.