'Bat Out of Hell' Artist Meat Loaf Dies at 74

The death of the British singer, whose album 'Bat Out of Hell' is named one of the best-selling albums of all time, has been confirmed on his Facebook page.

AceShowbiz - Music industry is mourning the death of one legendary icon. Meat Loaf, whose album 'Bat Out of Hell' is named one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died. The musician was 74.

Confirming his death was the star's family in a statement on his Facebook page. "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," the message read.

"Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours," the statement continued. "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."

Concluding the statement, his family wrote, "We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…don't ever stop rocking!"

Upon learning of the passing of the Dallas-born singer, who was born Marvin Lee Aday, fellow musicians took to social media to send condolences. Among those was Cher, who collaborated with the late singer on 1981's "Dead Ringer for Love". She tweeted, "Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did 'Dead Ringer'. Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends, Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day!"

Piers Morgan wrote, "RIP Meat Loaf, 74. One of rock music's all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest-selling records in history. A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news."

Meat Loaf's another hit work was his single "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)," which was the UK's best-selling single of 1993. The track also earned him a Grammy Award. Additionally, he appeared in movies, including "Fight Club" and "The Rocky Horror Picture Show".

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