American singer Meatloaf, known for his popular ‘Bat out of hell’ album has died aged 74.

His family has released a statement, saying Meatloaf, real name, Marvin Aday died with his wife and two daughters by his side.

Some media are reporting the star fell seriously ill with Covid-19, but this is not confirmed. His vaccination status is unknown.

Meatloaf, aged 72 (Dave J Hogan)

Lorraine Crosby performed on Meatloaf’s most popular single “I would do anything for love” as part of a tribute show at Motorpoint Arena last month.

It’s billed as the closest fans can get to seeing Jim Steinman’s original vision for the songs.

Crosby spoke to BBC 5 live about his death.

“It’s a sad day. He gave me a career with that song, God bless him.

“Without him I probably wouldn’t have done much more, but I was lucky enough to do that,” she said.

Fans like Freya Hope says she hopes his passing will further strengthen his legacy.

“I hope his passing will encourage more people to book tickets to see the show and appreciate the legacy his show leaves behind,” she said.

Andrew Jones, who has not missed a single Bat out of Hell UK tour agrees.

“I hope the younger generation take the time to now appreciate how unique Meatloaf truly was,” he said.

Singing success

In total he sold over 100 million records across a career that spanned six decades, starring in over 50 films, most notably playing Robert Paulson in the 1999 hit film ‘Fight Club’.

Bat out of hell is the 11th best selling album of all time.

Selling over 43 million copies around the world the album turned musical became certified platinum 14 times by the recording industry of America.

The albums single “Anything for Love” was the best selling single for all of 1993 in the UK.

Celebrity tributes

The name Meatloaf was the nickname his football coach gave him due to his weight