Singer and actor Meat Loaf dies at 74

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2009, file photo, singer Michael Lee Aday, who goes by the stage name Meat Loaf, arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Neil Diamond in Los Angeles. Meat Loaf has filed a lawsuit against a hotel at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and organizers of a horror convention held there, blaming them for negligence when he fell from a stage while answering questions from convention goers last May. He and his wife Deborah Lee Gillespie Aday filed the suit Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in a state district court in Fort Worth, Texas, against the Hyatt Corp. and Texas Frightmare Weekend LLC. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File) (Chris Pizzello, Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Singer and actor Meat Loaf has died, according to his family.

The star was 74 years old.

No cause of death was released.

The musician died Thursday with his wife, daughters and close friends by his side. His family released a statement following his death:

Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah,...

Posted by Meat Loaf on Thursday, January 20, 2022

Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album “Bat Out of Hell” is one of the best-selling albums in U.S. history. More than 14 million units were sold.

Meat Loaf whose real name Michael Lee Aday, sold more than 100 million albums during his lifetime.

He was also well-known for playing Eddie in the 1975 cult-classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. He also went on the play the role on stage.

Meat Loaf was also in 1999′s Fight Club and 1992′s Wayne’s World.

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