PIERS Morgan has paid tribute to legendary Bat Out Of Hell performer Meat Loaf after he died aged 74.
The star’s family this morning announced his death, confirming that he had been surrounded by his wife and family in his last moments.
Broadcaster Piers was one of the first to pay tribute to the legendary singer, saying: 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.
“A wondrously talented, flamboyant, funny, outrageous and rebellious chameleon. Sad news.”
Meat Loaf, real name Marvin Lee Aday, sold millions of albums worldwide and was honoured with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony in 2016.
The rock veteran had been plagued with health issues and rumours that he’s dying ever since he collapsed onstage in June 2016 and has appeared in a number of interviews with slurred speech.
In a heartbreaking tribute posted on the star’s official Facebook page, it was revealed he passed away on Thursday night with wife Deborah by his side.
The statement reads: “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!”
His family are yet to confirm what the cause of his death was.
Tributes from other famous faces have poured in, with Stephen Fry saying: “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
“He had the quality of being simultaneously frightening and cuddly, which is rare and rather wonderful.”
His colourful career saw him not only wow fans with his music, but also with his theatrics as he appeared in more than 50 movies and television shows – including the 1997 film Spice World.
In 1973, he was cast in the original LA Roxy cast of The Rocky Horror Show, playing the parts of Eddie and Dr. Everett Scott.