Classic rock fans were left mourning this past week following the death of famous musician and actor Marvin Lee Aday, better known by his stage name, Meat Loaf.
According to Fox News, the singer passed away on Thursday at the age of 74. The cause of his death has yet to be made public.
Statements pour in
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” a representative for Aday said in a Facebook post.
“Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours,” the statement continued.
It added: “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!”
Fox News noted that Aday was born and raised in Dallas, Texas before leaving for Los Angeles, California after college in order to pursue a career in music that would ultimately span six decades of massive success.
A “great guy”
In 1977, he collaborated with songwriter Jim Steinman and producer Todd Rundgren to produce Bat Out of Hell, which went on to become one of the biggest albums of all time.
It featured such memorable songs as “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth,” and “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.”
His second biggest success came 16 years later with the album Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, which spawned the hit single “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”
In addition to being known for his voice, Aday was also an actor, having appeared in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club, and Wayne’s World, among other films.
The Hill reported that former President Donald Trump issued a statement recalling Aday’s time on Celebrity Apprentice, referring to him as “a great guy,” who was “smart, talented, open, and warm.”