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'Bat Out of Hell' singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74 with wife by his side

US singer Meat Loaf, whose hits included Bat Out of Hell, has died aged 74.

A statement on the artist’s official social media and Facebook page said "he died with his wife by his side. 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."

The singer, whose real name was Marvin Lee Aday, sold millions of albums worldwide, with the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy among his most popular.

In 2016 he was also honoured with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to “bring love back into this world”.

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

The statement went on to say: “Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time.

“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!”

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