Meat Loaf, real name Michael Lee Aday, has passed away at the age of 74. A statement from his agent Micheal Greene confirmed the news today (Friday, 21 January).

Meat Loaf was renowned for such songs as "I'd Do Anything For Love", "Bat Out of Hell", and "Paradise by the Dashboard Light."

Across his career, he also starred in a number of films.

His most famous movie performance was in 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', his turn as Eddie the Ex Delivery Boy quickly becoming a fan favourite.

Meat Loaf also an appearance in such films as 'Fight Club' and 'Wayne's World'.

He is a Grammy award winner and one of the best-selling musicians of all time.

A statement from the family reads: "Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side.

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

"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.'

"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!"

The family also shared that a cause of death will not be released.