Meat Loaf, the singer whose rock opera ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ is one of the best-selling albums of all time, has died at the age of 74.

The news was announced in a statement on his verified Facebook page this morning:

“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.”

No cause of death has yet been announced, but American online news website TMZ is this afternoon reporting that he became seriously ill with COVID earlier in the week and his condition deteriorated critically, according to their sources.

Meat Loaf – born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas – enjoyed massive success in the music industry with a string of hits and albums including ‘Bat Out Of Hell’, ‘Paradise By The Dashboard Light’, ‘Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad’ and the Grammy award-winning hit ‘I Would Do Anything For Love’ with Lorraine Crosby.

The writer of that award-winning song, Jim Steinman, died from pneumonia on 19 April 2021 at the age of 73.