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.
His death was announced on his official Facebook page. The statement said the musician’s wife was by his side and his friends had been with him in his final 24 hours. A cause of death was not given.
Meat Loaf, who was born Marvin Lee Aday on Sept. 27, 1947, had a career that few could match. In six decades, he sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, the statement said, and appeared in movies such 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 of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man,” the statement said. “We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.”