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Legendary singer Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, has died at the age of 74.

A statement was posted on the rocker's official Facebook page confirming his death, but the cause of death was not disclosed.

"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," the post begins.

“His amazing career has spanned 6 decades during which he has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and starred in over 65 films including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne's World.

"Bat Out of Hell" remains one of the top 10 best-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 at the loss of 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… never stop rocking!” It closes.

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Meat Loaf had a hugely successful career, staying in the spotlight for over 60 years. He is best known for his musical career but was also an established actor.

Meat Loaf's 1977 album Bat Out of Hell was one of the best-selling albums of all time. His most famous songs include "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)". In 1994 he won a Grammy for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the latter track.

The rock veteran suffered from health issues for years and collapsed on stage in June 2016 while performing in Canada. His sobriety has been questioned after he was recently caught on camera in a number of different interviews.

Last year he underwent surgery to remove a cyst from his back and assured fans he would not die.

"Listen, I'm not dying. After three months of therapy I am doing well again. I'm sick of talking about this. I don't want to talk about it anymore," he said.

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Watch "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't)" by Meat Loaf:


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