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Meat Loaf, rock superstar and Bat Out of Hell singer, dies at 74

Fans and celebrities pay tribute to the legendary rocker.

Meat Loaf performs at The Wiltern on June 27, 2012, in Los Angeles
Meat Loaf performs at The Wiltern on June 27, 2012, in Los Angeles. 
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Legendary rocker Meat Loaf, whose 1977 album Bat Out of Hell remains one of the top-selling of all time, has died at the age of 74, according to a statement posted Friday to his official Facebook account

"Our hearts are broken," reads the statement, which adds that he died surrounded by close friends and family. "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."

Meat Loaf, whose given name was Marvin Lee Aday, sold over 100 million albums worldwide during his career, according to the statement. He also appeared in several TV shows and movies, including cult classics The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club and Wayne's World. 

Fans and celebrities shared tributes on social media on Friday, remembering his iconic music. Pop star Cher said in a tweet she had "so much fun with Meat Loaf when we did 'Dead Ringer'," a song from Meat Loaf's second studio album, released in 1981. 

The cast and crew of Bat Out of Hell The Musical, a rock musical based on Meat Loaf's album, said on Twitter they would dedicate their show on Friday to the rocker's memory, adding "the beat is yours forever."

The cause of his death was not disclosed. Meat Loaf's talent agents didn't immediately respond to a request for additional comment.