Meat Loaf, whose album Bat Out of Hell is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at the age of 74. The news was confirmed by his family on their Facebook page. A message from them read: “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.
“Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him for the past 24 hours.”
The musician, born Marvin Lee Aday, had his wife by his side when he died on January 20.
Aday had had a long and tumultuous career in the world of rock and roll.
In addition to his countless tours and festival appearances, he has appeared in over 50 films and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona.
In 2003, he collapsed on stage in London and was hospitalized.
At the time, a spokesperson said he “collapsed from exhaustion due to prolonged viral infection. It is not life threatening.”
He attempted to perform another song, but on the advice of paramedics was taken to nearby Northwick Park Hospital.
During the operation, doctors diagnosed him with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, an extra electrical pathway between the upper and lower chambers of the heart causing a rapid heartbeat.
He then rebounded, but not before suffering from a swollen vocal cord and protruding blood vessels.
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“I actually messaged her that every singer understood what she was going through.”
In order to repair her injury, Adele underwent an incredibly delicate and high-risk medical procedure, vocal cord microsurgery, before sustaining a similar injury six years later in 2017.
Meat Loaf not only finished his tour, but also found time to complete a new album on the road, ‘Hell in a Hand Basket‘.
He explained: “We made songs in hotel rooms and at my house in California.
“I had to move all my old stage clothes and my wife’s Christmas presents to make room for the band.”
Meanwhile, a statement from his family read: “We know how much he means to so many of you and we truly appreciate all the love and support as we go through this time of grief losing such an inspiring artist and a handsome.
“From his heart to your souls… never stop swinging.”
Alongside his hit Bat Out Of Hell trilogy, the Dallas-born singer also managed to earn himself a Grammy Award with his 1993 hit, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t) “, which reached number one.
Before that, he starred as Eddie in the 1975 musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Bat Out Of Hell ‒ which remains one of the 10 best-selling albums of all time ‒ has also been adapted into a musical, written by longtime collaborator Jim Steinman.