Meat Loaf, the singer and actor who played Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and whose album Bat Out of Hell is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died.
Marvin Lee Aday, the Grammy winner, died Thursday night, Jan. 20, in the company of his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda, and close friends.
“We know how much he meant to so many of you, and we greatly appreciate all of the love and support as we navigate through this time of sadness in losing such an inspirational artist and lovely man,” Meat Loaf’s family wrote in a statement.
Don’t ever stop rocking!” says his heart to your souls. He was 74 years old at the time.
Meat Loaf’s debut album Bat Out of Hell is among the best-selling albums in history, racking up 14 million units sold in the U.S. alone. Worldwide sales estimates go
as high as 30 million. Its U.S. singles “Two of Three Ain’t Bad” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” — which peaked at No. 11 and No. 39 on the Billboard Hot 100, respectively — both were certified platinum in 2018, four decades after release. Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell also was a smash overseas, spending more than 10 years on the UK
album chart despite peaking at No. 9. It remains among the 20 best-sellers of all time there.
Meat Loaf and Steinman also collaborated on the 1993 album Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which has sold more than 5 million units in the U.S. alone. Its platinum lead single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” spent five weeks at No. 1 in the U.S. and UK
to become by far Meat Loaf’s biggest hit. Meat Loaf won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance, Solo. Meat Loaf has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.