Meat Loaf dead at 74 – Bat Out of Hell singer's cause of death not known as he passes away with wife Deborah by his side

ROCK singer Meat Loaf has tragically died age 74.

Born Michael Lee Aday, Meat Loaf had a stellar career spanning six decades after shooting to fame with his powerful, wide-ranging voice.

The rock veteran was among the most popular musicians of all time, selling millions of albums around the world.

His Bat Out Of Hell album trilogy – famous for its operatic rock style and the hit single of the same name – was his most popular release.

Meat Loaf's cause of death has not yet been revealed

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    Where did the name Meat Loaf come from?

    The rock star was born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas, in 1947, forming his first band Meat Loaf Soul in the 1960s.

    The name is believed to have come from a nickname coined by his football coach because of his weight.

    At the beginning of his career he had been offered three recording contracts but he chose to turn all of them down.

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    Diverse career

    Meat Loaf has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.

    The star was one of the most iconic voices in rock music, and he had huge tracks such as Dead Ringer For Love, Bat Out Of Hell and I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) which went on and sold millions of copies during his career.

    He wasn't just a a music star as he went on to perform on screen, his turn as Eddie in the original Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975 was one of his first film roles.

    He later appeared in huge box office hits such as Spiceworld: The Movie, Waynes World and The 51st State.

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    Tributes flood in

    Meat Loaf has been described as 'one of rock music's all-time great characters' by Piers Morgan.

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    He was in over 50 movies

    His colourful career saw him not only wow fans with his music, but also with his theatrics as he appeared in more than 50 movies and television shows –  including the 1997 film Spice World.

    The rock star was born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas, in 1947, forming his first band Meat Loaf Soul in the 1960s.

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    Meat Loaf opened up about health rumours in 2016

    The 69-year-old rock veteran was plagued with health issues and rumours that he was dying during 2016 when he collapsed onstage in June.

    In 2016 he said: “Listen, I am not dying. After three months of therapy I will be fine. I am sick of talking about it. I don’t want to talk about it from now on,” he said to The Mirror.

    "And anyone else who asks me the question, I’m not going to respond to it.”

    “I had MRIs and the doctors said I had a little cyst but that it had grown and was pushing against the nerves.

    “But when the doctor opened up my back to remove it… it was almost like ­emergency surgery. There are now little nuts and bolts in there.”

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    What was the cause of death?

    It is not currently known how the rock star died.

    His wife Deborah was with him by his side when he died.

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    Statement released on Facebook page

    In a heartbreaking tribute posted on the star's official Facebook page, it was revealed he passed away on Thursday night with wife Deborah by his side.

    The statement reads: "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!"

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    Rock veteran

    The rock veteran sold millions of albums worldwide, with the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy among his most popular musical offerings.

    He was honoured with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony in 2016, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to "bring love back into this world".

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    Legend dead

    SINGING legend Meat Loaf has died at the age of 74 after a stellar career spanning six decades.

    Born Michael Lee Aday in Texas, he shot to fame with his powerful, wide-ranging voice.

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