Rock legend Meat Loaf dead at 74

Legendary rock singer Meat Loaf has died, according to an announcement posted on his official Facebook page. He was 74.

“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” the post said. “Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.”

Born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas in 1947, Meat Loaf began acting and singing in school productions. He moved to Los Angeles after his mother’s death in 1965.

After performing in a number of stage productions in Los Angeles, including “Hair,” Meat Loaf joined the original L.A. Roxy cast of “The Rocky Horror Show,” playing the parts of Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott. After the success of the musical, Meat Loaf was asked to reprise his role as Eddie in the 1975 film adaptation, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” which became one of the most beloved cult films of all time.

Meat Loaf’s big break in music came with the release of his debut album, “Bat Out of Hell” in 1977. The album has sold over 43 million copies worldwide and was certified 14 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Last year also saw the death of Jim Steinman, his longtime collaborator and songwriter. Steinman wrote all of the songs on “Bat Out of Hell.”

Meat Loaf would go on to record 11 more albums in his long career as a recording artists, including two sequels to “Bat Out of Hell.” In total, he sold more than 80 million albums over the course of his career.

Meat Loaf would also go on to have a successful career as an actor, appearing in movies such as “Spice World,” “Fight Club,” and “Wayne’s World.”