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Music legend Meat Loaf dies, aged 74

Music legend Meat Loaf dies, aged 74
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Singer and actor Meat Loaf dies at the age of 74, his family announces.

Veteran singer and actor Meat Loaf has died at the age of 74, his family have announced.

Born Marvin Lee Aday, the star had a career spanning six decades and ranks as one of the best-selling musicians of all time, thanks in large part to the success of his Bat Out Of Hell albums.

A statement from his family said: "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.

"His amazing career spanned 6 decades that 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.

"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. From his heart to your souls...don't ever stop rocking!"

A cause of death has not yet been revealed, although he was known to be battling various ailments for some time.

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