Image via Meat Loaf’s Facebook Page
Rock music goliath, Meat Loaf, died with his wife and daughters by his side according to a statement on the musician’s Facebook page. Though his exact age is disputed he was believed to have been 74-years-old.
The vocalist’s death was confirmed by his manager, Michael Greene. The cause of death has not been disclosed.
Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday and took his stage name after a childhood nickname though the origin of the name varies: a harsh sports coach poking fun at his weight, his father mean and tired after returning home from work, a child after he saw the artist let a Volkswagen run over his head who shouted, “You’re as dumb as a hunk of meat loaf.”
Since taking on the mantle, he had an unprecedented life and career. Over 60 years, Meat Loaf sold over 100 million albums and appeared in several movies including Fight Club as Robert Paulson and cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
“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 on Facebook said. “From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!”
Meat Loaf’s debut album Bat Out of Hell was released in 1977 and garnered attention and admiration due to his low rock tenor and almost soap-opera-esque stage presence. The Bat Out of Hell trilogy (Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose) would go on to sell more than 65 million albums worldwide. Still, 40 years after its release, the original Bat Out of Hell continues to sell around 200,000 copies a year making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Meat Loaf released 12 studio albums throughout his life, his final release was Braver Than We Are in 2016.
In his later life, Meat Loaf had several health problems. He had heart surgery in 2003 after collapsing during a performance at Wembley Arena in London. In 2007 he told an audience in Newcastle, England that the show would probably be his last.
In a 2013 interview, Meat Loaf told The Guardian he was retiring for music for sure after one last farewell tour. “I’ve had 18 concussions,” Meat Loaf admitted. “My balance is off. I’ve had a knee replacement. I’ve got to have the other one replaced.” He added he wished to “concentrate more on acting,” and added, “that’s where I started and that’s where I’ll finish.”
A full list of survivors was not immediately available.
Read the statement written on Facebook below: