Meat Loaf, the rockstar loved by millions for his “Bat Out of Hell” album and for such rock anthems as “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That),” and “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” has died. He was 74. No cause of death was announced but his family released a statement provided by his longtime agent Michael Greene.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” the statement said. “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... From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
Born Marvin Lee Aday, he acquired the nickname after his mother passed away when he was a teen. Meatloaf sold over 100 million records and was in over 70 films. He is survived by Deborah Gillespie, his wife since 2007, and by daughters Pearl and Amanda Aday.