Legendary rock star Meatloaf, known for hits like Bat out of Hell and Two Outta Three Ain't Bad has died at the age of 74.
Born Marvin Lee Aday in 1947, Meatloaf had a career that spanned six decades and 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.
In a statement on facebook, his family said
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.
Meatloaf was born in Dallas, Texas, the only child of Wilma Artie (née Hukel), a school teacher and member of the Vo-di-o-do Girls gospel quartet, and Orvis Wesley Aday, a former police officer who went into business selling a homemade cough remedy.
Aday formed his first band, Meat Loaf Soul, after a nickname coined by his football coach because of his weight. He was immediately offered three recording contracts, all of which he turned down. Meat Loaf Soul's first gig was in in Huntington Beach in 1968, when the band supported Van Morrison's Them.