Meat Loaf shot to worldwide fame in 1977 with Bat Out Of Hell, which became an international success that reigns as one of the best-selling albums in history.

The American singer, born Marvin Lee Aday in Texas in 1947, has died aged 74 with his wife Deborah at his side.

During a career spanning more than six decades, he sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and starred in more than 65 movies.

Fans meet singer Meat Loaf outside in Dublin in 1993

Meat Loaf initially made his name in theatre productions, including a Broadway run of Hair, and then found his feet in the stage and film versions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, playing Eddie, the ex-delivery man and partial brain donor to Rocky.

At the same time, he began Bat Out Of Hell – which featured the eponymous classic Paradise By The Dashboard Light and Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad – with composer Jim Steinman.

Although rejected by every major label, it was released in 1977 to huge international success.

Meatloaf pictured with his wife Deborah Gillespie in 2002, who he married in 2007

His follow-ups failed to set fans alight until he made a blazing comeback with Bat Out Of Hell’s sequel 16 years later in 1993.

Lead single I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) reached number one in 28 countries and earned him a Grammy award.

He followed up with 1995’s Welcome To The Neighbourhood, which went platinum in the UK and US, and his third Bat Out Of Hell album, The Monster Is Loose, in 2006.

The Bat Out Of Hell trilogy was also adapted into a stage musical, which was written by Steinman and featured some of the musician’s best-loved hits.

Meat Loaf decided to change his real name from Marvin to Michael in 1983. He told The Guardian in 2003 he made the change because he was bullied as a child because of a Levi Jeans radio advert.

"I weigh less now than I did in the 7th grade - I couldn't wear Levi's," he said.

"And Levi's put out a commercial that said, 'Poor fat Marvin can't wear Levi's'."

The singer explained that once the judge heard why he wanted to change his name, he agreed to it immediately.

"It normally takes like 12 weeks to change your name. He decreed it on the spot," he added.

Meat Loaf was plagued by health issues, including asthma, which caused him to collapse on stage during a concert in Pittsburgh in 2011.

Meat Loaf with his daughters Pearl and Amanda at the premiere of Fight Club in 1999

He suffered from a medical condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White, which causes an irregular heartbeat and underwent surgery in 2003 in London.

Meat Loaf reunited with Steinman for the fourth time for his last studio album Braver Than We Are, which was released in 2016.

Around his music career, he continued to act, most notably as Robert "Bob" Paulson in David Fincher’s Fight Club in 1999 and with a cameo in the Spice Girls’ Spice World film.

Meat Loaf has two daughters – TV actress Amanda Aday and adopted daughter Pearl – from his marriage to ex-wife Leslie.

Source: Press Association