By Sandra Rose  | 

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Legendary rocker and actor Meat Loaf died from COVID complications on Thursday at age 74. He was surrounded by his wife Deborah and daughters Pearl and Amanda, reports.

Meat Loaf's family announced his death in a statement on Friday.

"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. From his heart to your souls... don't ever stop rocking!"

Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, is best known for his best-selling album Bat Out of Hell and his role as Eddie in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.

Meat Loaf has sold more 100 million albums worldwide. Born in Dallas, he was a high school football star before moving to New York in the 1969s, where he landed roles on Broadway.

In addition to Rocky Horror Picture Show, his other screen credits include Fight Club, Roadie, Motorama, Crazy in Alabama, Stage Fright, Spice World, Leap of Faith and Americathon. He also appeared in several episodes of the 2017-18 series Ghost Wars.

Meat Loaf's Grammy-winning album, Bat Out of Hell, spawned the hits "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" and "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."

The album sold more than 65 million copies and stayed on the charts for nine years, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.