Rock N' Roll Icon Meat Loaf Dead At Age 74

Yet again, the music world has lost another icon. Meat Loaf, whose Bat Out of Hell is one of the best-selling albums of all-time, has passed away at the age of 74.

His family announced his untimely death via his Facebook page: "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."

Born Marvin Lee Aday, Meat Loaf crooned such memorable tunes as "Bat Out of Hell," “You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth," "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," and so many others.

In 1993, Meat Loaf won a Best Solo Rock Performance Grammy for the song "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." His debut album, Bat Out of Hell, has sold more than 43 million copies across the world and was certified platinum 14 times by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The singer, whose booming voice was matched only by his larger-than-life stage presence, has been remembered by friends and admirers via social media since news of his death began to spread.

His family's statement concludes: "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 understanding our need for privacy at this time.

"From his heart to your souls...don't ever stop rocking!"

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