Marvin Lee Aday, better known as Meat Loaf in the pop-cultural world, has sadly passed away. As an actor and a singer, the performer was truly an icon. And he will remain immortalized through his songs and characters.
Among his many notable achievements, Meat Loaf’s album “Bat Out of Hell” sits as one of his greatest. The rock opera is so much more than a series of songs. And it has the numbers to show for it too. The album is one of the best selling of all time. According to an article by Deadline, approximately 14 million units were sold in the US. And worldwide the number may total nearly 30 million. An astounding amount that equals an astounding amount of fans. But when you combine a loose adaptation of Peter Pan and a post-apocalyptic New York City, what’s not to love?
Meat Loaf was also a staple of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. In the film adaptation of the stage musical, he played Eddie. Eddie is kidnapped and eventually killed by Frank-N-Furter. But not before belting out the rock hit “Hot Patootie.” Over the years, The Rocky Horror Picture Show has become a beloved cult hit. No doubt fans will organize screenings in Meat Loaf’s honor. Continuing the tradition, Meat Loaf also played a role in another cult hit, Fight Club. There he played Robert Paulson, a member of Project Mayhem.
In a statement on his page, Meat Loaf’s family shares:
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!
We will miss Meat Loaf, but his creations will continue to inspire.