The singer was best known for his iconic Bat Out Of Hell trilogy as well as his appearance in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
His wife and his daughters Pearl and Amanda were by his side when he passed away.
“RIP Meat Loaf, 74. One of rock music’s all-time great characters whose seminal iconic album Bat Out Of Hell is one of the biggest-selling records in history,” he tweeted.
“A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.”
GMB presenter Richard Arnold commented on the tweet and added: “Absolute force of nature. Huge fan. Lucky to have interviewed him.”
Stephen Fry also posted: “I hope paradise is as you remember it from the dashboard light, Meat Loaf. Had a fun time performing a sketch with him on Saturday Live way back in the last century,” along with a clip of the sketch.
“… he had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful …”
Controversial star Laurence Fox tweeted out ‘Rest in Peace’ along with a GIF of Meat Loaf singing I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).
Scottish comedian Janey Godley also paid tribute and posted: “The first album I bought, wee record shop Shettleston rd 1978, I carried it home like a new baby, opened the record player, took off my Donny Osmond LP, placed Meat Loaf on the turntable, dropped the needle & sat back on my single bed to let the HUGE music wave over my soul.”
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Music mogul Pete Waterman had said: “Meat Loaf was this larger than life character with a unique voice, that first album, Bat Out Of Hell was just amazing.”
The iconic musician, whose music career began in the 60s, was surrounded by his loved ones ‘throughout the last 24 hours’.
His wife explained in a Facebook post: “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.” 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!”
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