‘Bat Out of Hell’ singer Meat Loaf dies at 74 – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
(CNN) – Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life singer whose explosive rock opera “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at 74, according to a 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,” the statement read. “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours.”
Meat Loaf’s agent confirmed his death to CNN. No cause of death has been shared.
The singer, real name Marvin Lee Aday, was born in Dallas.
Meat Loaf’s two biggest albums – 1977’s “Bat Out of Hell” and the 1993 follow-up “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell” – produced numerous hit singles, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” , “Two Out of Three That’s Not Bad” and “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do This).”
He also won a Grammy in 1993 for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song “I’d Do Anything for Love”.
Meat Loaf has also appeared in several TV shows and movies, including the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” “Fight Club,” and “Wayne’s World.”
The singer admitted that physical problems had affected his ability to perform. But in November he published on facebook that he had had four back surgeries and would be back in the studio early this year.
“The back surgeries hurt everything. Before the back surgeries I was still trying to get gigs, that’s when some of you saw or heard of me collapsing on stage and eventually quitting the UK tour. I couldn’t hit high notes because of back pain. Not a slight back pain. Pain that would bring you to your knees,” he wrote.
In 2016, Meat Loaf collapsed during a concert in the Canadian city of Edmonton and was admitted to hospital. The cause was dehydration, a spokesperson said at the time.
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