By Amelia Riley
Singer and actor Meat Loaf passed away on Thursday night at age 74.
In a statement on Facebook, his family confirmed the news that he passed away with his wife Deborah by his side.
His family said he was “an inspiring artist and beautiful man.”
“Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours,” his family said.
“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.”
“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!”
Born Marvin Lee Aday but also known as Michael, he sold 100 million albums worldwide and also appeared in movies like the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club and Wayne’s World.
Meat Loaf was best known for his Bat Out Of Hell trilogy, written and composed by Jim Steinman, which sold millions of albums worldwide and remains one of the biggest-selling albums in US history with more than 14 million units sold.
When Jim Steinman died last year, Meat Loaf paid tribute, posting: “Coming here soon, my brother Jimmy.”
Meat Loaf had his battles with illness and injuries over the years but the cause of his death has not been confirmed.