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He was the author of one of the best-selling albums of all time and starred in the movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”: American singer and actor Meat Loaf died on Thursday at the age of 74.
Singer and actor Meat Loaf dies at 74 years of age
American rock star Meat Loaf, famous for Bat Out of Hell, one of the best-selling albums of all time, died Thursday, Jan. 20, at the age of 74, according to a statement posted Friday on his Facebook account. The reasons for his death were not specified.
“It is with a broken heart that we announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf has passed away tonight, with his wife Deborah by his side,” the message read. “His daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours.”
He was Eddie in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
Born Marvin Lee Aday on September 27, 1947 in Dallas, Texas, Meat Loaf – whose stage name means “meatloaf” in reference to his imposing build, a nickname he was given in high school – had gotten his start in the 1960s by founding his own group Meat Loaf Soul.
He had then made a name for himself in the 1970s for his vocal and stage qualities. He had made a name for himself in film in the role of Eddie in the 1975 musical film The Horror Picture Show.
Later, he had become in David Fincher’s Fight Club (1999).
Planetary success with the album “Bat out of Hell”
He then enjoyed worldwide success in 1977 with his first solo album Bat out of Hell , designed around the musical Neverland , a futuristic rock version of Peter Pan.
The album sold 43 million copies and remained in the UK charts for almost ten years. So much so that he eventually released, between several albums, two other albums of the same name, B at out of Hell II and III, forming a trilogy.
In 1993, his hit I’d do anything for love (but I won’t do that) from Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell , won him a Grammy Award.