MEAT Loaf was all smiles as he sang on stage at his final public appearance before his death.
The pictures, taken in March 2021, show the 74-year-old performing at Redneck Riviera Nashville with country artist John Rich.
He looked larger than life as he launched a whiskey brand in Nashville, Tennessee.
The singing legend died with his wife Deborah by his side – but his cause of death has not yet been revealed.
In a heartbreaking tribute posted on the star's official Facebook page, a statement said: "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.
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"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!"
Meat Loaf – whose real name was Marvin Lee Aday – had a stellar career spanning six decades.
Born in Texas, he shot to fame with his powerful, wide-ranging voice.
The star sold millions of albums worldwide, with the Bat Out Of Hell trilogy among his most popular musical offerings.
He was honoured with the Hero Award at the annual Q Awards music ceremony in 2016, which he dedicated to everyday heroes and called on people to "bring love back into this world".
The rock veteran had been plagued with health issues and rumours that he’s dying ever since he collapsed onstage in June 2016.
He has appeared in a number of interviews with slurred speech – and even Katie Price told him she thought he had died..
But he did have back surgery nearly two months ago to remove a cyst on his back – and he’s explained for the last time ever, just what the bat out of hell is going on.
“Listen, I am not dying. After three months of therapy I will be fine. I am sick of talking about it. I don’t want to talk about it from now on,” he said.
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