American singer and actor Meat Loaf has passed away at the age of 74.
The star, whose real name was Michael Lee Aday, died last night with his wife and family by his side.
Meat Loaf is best known for his album Bat Out Of Hell released in 1977 that broke records selling more than 50 million copies around the world. He also appeared in over 65 films including Fight Club and Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Texan also won a Grammy in the mid 1990's for his song I'd Do Anything For Love.
A statement released by his family following his death reads; “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.
“His amazing career spanned six 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 family has said that the cause of death will not be released.