Meat Loaf has died, according to a report from the BBC. He was 74. His family broke the news in a post on Facebook, which reads in part, “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight surrounded by his wife Deborah, daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends. … From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas in 1947, given his nickname at birth because his father said he looked as red as meat. His high school football coach added “Loaf” to his nickname. In the 1960s, he left Texas for Los Angeles where he worked as a bouncer, as well as starting his first band, Meat Loaf Soul. He began to find success in musical theater, appearing in productions of Hair, As You Like It and eventually appearing in the Rocky Horror Picture Show, reprising his role later in the film adaptation.
His debut album, Bat Out of Hell, was released in 1977, produced by Todd Rundgren and written by Jim Steinman. And though the album caught on overseas before eventually becoming successful in the U.S., it eventually sold over 40 million copies worldwide.
He released 12 more albums throughout his career, including Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which spawned the huge hit “I Would Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”. Meat Loaf also appeared in dozens of films and TV series, including Wayne’s World, Fight Club, and South Park.