Singer Meat Loaf dies aged 74

American singer and actor Michael Lee Aday better known as Meat Loaf has died age 74.


The news was confirmed on the star’s Facebook page by his family.


Meat Loaf’s 1977 debut album Bat Out of Hell is one of the biggest-selling albums in US history with more than 14m units sold. Throughout his career he sold more than 80 million records becoming one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The key to this success was his retention of iconic status and popularity in Europe, especially the United Kingdom, where he received the 1994 Brit Award for best-selling album and single, appeared in the 1997 film Spice World, and ranks 23rd for the number of weeks spent on the UK charts, as of 2006. He ranks 96th on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”


Aday has also appeared in over 50 movies and television shows, sometimes as himself or as characters resembling his stage persona. His most notable film roles include Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and Bob Paulson in Fight Club (1999).

His early stage work included dual roles in the original cast of The Rocky Horror Show, and he was also in the musical Hair, both on- and off-Broadway.

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