Paradise by the Dashboard Lights Rocker, Meat Loaf, Dies at 74

Michael Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf, was an American singer and actor, passed away surrounded by family and friends on Jan. 20, 2022, at the age of 74. His Bat Out of Hell trilogy—Bat Out of HellBat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose—has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. Photo courtesy of the performer’s social media.

By Race Opell

A musical legend has passed on to rock-n-roll heaven, according to reports from his social media.

Meatloaf, born Michael Lee Aday, Sept. 27, 1947, died January 20, 2022, surrounded by family and loved ones at the age of 74.

His family released to following statement:

“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.

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!”

According to reports, his Bat Out of Hell trilogy—Bat Out of HellBat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose—has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide. More than four decades after its release, the first album still sells an estimated 200,000 copies annually and stayed on the charts for over nine years, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.

Aday was also a noted actor with credits that included 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 Broadway cast of The Rocky Horror Show, and he also appeared in the musical Hair, both on- and off-Broadway.

All in all, he appeared in more than 50 movies and television shows often playing himself or characters resembling his stage persona.

Aday was a native of Dallas, Texas.

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