'Bat Out of Hell' singer Meat Loaf dead at 74

US singer and actor Meat Loaf, famous for his "Bat Out of Hell" album, has died aged 74, according to a statement on Friday.

FILE: Meatloaf performs at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 2012 Annual Induction and Awards Ceremony 14 June 2012 in New York. Picture: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP

WASHINGTON - US singer and actor Meat Loaf, famous for his Bat Out of Hell rock anthem, has died aged 74, according to a statement on Friday.

"Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side," read a statement on his Facebook page.

"Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours."

Meat Loaf distinguished himself in the late 1970s with his soaring vocal range and lavish stage productions.

The beefy Texas-born singer is perhaps best known for his 1977 Bat out of Hell album, and hit songs including Paradise by the Dashboard light (1977), I'm Gonna Love Her for Both of Us (1981), and I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) (1993).

Bat Out of Hell reportedly sold some 43 million copies and is one of the highest-selling albums ever.

According to the statement on Facebook, his career spanned six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums and appear in over 65 movies.

"From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!" it added.

Aside from his rock gigs, Meat Loaf had small parts in films and TV shows, including the musical comedy Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Fight Club (1999).

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