Iconic rocker Meat Loaf, whose album Bat Out of Hell is one of the top 10 best-sellers of all time, has passed away at 74.
In a statement to PEOPLE, his agent Michael Green revealed that the music legend was with his wife Deborah, two daughters Pearl and Amanda, and close friends at the time of his passing.
“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,” the statement read, in part. “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!”
Following the news of Meat Loaf’s death, tributes from fans and celebrity friends flooded social media.
“R.I.P Meatloaf. Love and prayers to all his family and close friends,” wrote Boy George. “He once turned me upside down in a Chinese Restaurant in St Johns Wood.”
“Had So Much Fun With Meatloaf When We Did ‘Dead Ringer’. Am Very Sorry For His Family,Friends,& Fans,” said Cher. “Am I imagining It, or Are Amazing Ppl In The Arts Dying every other Day.”
British actor Stephen Fry, which whom Meat Loaf once performed on Saturday Night Live, wrote that he “had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful.”
Rest in peace to an icon.