Meat Loaf, the American singer and actor, has died at the age of 74, a statement on his official Facebook page said.
Real name, Michael Lee Aday, the performer has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
The statement said: “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 throughout the last 24 hours.
His amazing career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.
“Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.”
The post added: “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. 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!”
Meat Loaf was one of the most iconic voices in rock music, and tracks such as Dead Ringer For Love, Paradise By The Dashboard Lights and I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) sold millions of copies during his career.
On screen, his turn as Eddie in the original Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975 was one of his first film roles, later appearing in huge box office hits such as Spiceworld: The Movie, Waynes World and The 51st State.
But it was of course Bat Out Of Hell that was his biggest hit of his career.
It was written by his collaborator Jim Steinman (who died last year, aged 73), and went on to be released three times – though it only ever got to 8 on the UK singles chart.
RIP a true Legend.