Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life singer whose over-the-top dramatic rock opera “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at age 74.
According to a social media statement on his verified Facebook page.“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.” “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”
Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas, the multi-talented singer/actor was given the nickname that became his stage name by his high school football coach.
Meat Loaf’s two biggest albums included “Bat Out of Hell” (1977) and “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” (1993) produced several hit singles “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),” with the artist taking home a Grammy in 1993 for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the latter song.
In addition to his musical prowess, Meat Loaf also appeared in several television shows and films, including the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Fight Club” and “Wayne’s World.”
Over the years, the singer acknowledged physical problems 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 2022, stating:
“The back surgeries hurt everything. Before the back surgeries I was still trying to do shows, that’s when some of you saw or heard of me collapsing on stage and finally stopping the tour in the UK. I couldn’t hit high notes because of back pain. Not a slight back pain. Pain that would bring you to your knees.”