The music industry got a bit dimmer this morning as news broke around the world that the acclaimed singer and actor Meatloaf had passed away over the night.
The Grammy award winning singer Meat Loaf, real name Marvin Lee Aday, was 74.
On a Facebook post to his verified account, a statement read:
"Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends.
His amazing career spanned 6 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.
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!"
The singer had recently acknowledged he was having physical problems which effected his ability to perform.
But in November, he posted on Facebook that he'd had four back surgeries and would be back in the studio in the new year.
Artist released social media tweets the moment the news broke, Boy George said, "R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends. He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood."
Singer Cher wrote, "Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did “Dead Ringer”. Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends,& Fans. Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day"
Andrew Lloyd Webber said via twitter in a short statement, "The vaults of heaven will be ringing with rock. RIP Meatloaf. Give my best to Jim. - ALW"
Friend and collaborative artist Bonnie Tyler said that she was shocked and saddened by the passing of friend, "I am shocked & saddened by the sudden death of Meat Loaf. He was, as you might imagine, a larger than life character with a voice & stage presence to match & is one of those rare people who truly was a one off talent and personality. Rest In Peace"
Tyler and Meatloaf released a collaborative album Heaven & Hell in 1989.