Meat Loaf whose debut 'Bat Out of Hell' became one of the best-selling albums of all time, died with his wife by his side. No cause of death was immediately disclosed.
"He was all in as a rock star, he didn't hold anything back when he hit the stage ... you knew that he was going to give 110 percent," music journalist Mark Sutherland told Reuters. "He would end his shows ... drenched in sweat."
Delivering epic anthems about love, lust and motorcycles with an intensity bordering on melodrama, Meat Loaf became an enduring - and sometimes bombastic - rock icon in the late 1970s.
The singer and actor, otherwise known as Michael Lee Aday, sold more than 100 million records worldwide and had roles in films 'The Rocky Horror Show' and 'Fight Club.'