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Meat Loaf songwriter and rock legend Jim Steinman dies ‘suddenly’ aged 73

Jim Steinman has died at the age of 73, it has been reported.

The rock legend, who was best known for working with Meat Loaf, died on Monday in Connecticut according to TMZ. A cause of death has not been revealed but Steinman was reportedly rushed to hospital on Sunday due to a ‘medical emergency’.

He then died ‘suddenly’ yesterday. Paying tribute to the music icon, screenwriter Brian Lynch tweeted: ‘Rest in Peace Jim Steinman.

Such a genius. I’m such a fan of his music.

And it’s SO great for writing to, it helps bring out every emotion you need.’ Steinman was best known for writing Meatloaf’s classic album Bat Out Of Hell and Bat Out Of Hell 2: Back Into Hell.

He wrote and produced the hit single I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).

He enjoyed further success writing and producing Bonnie Tyler’s iconic single, Total Eclipse of the Heart.

The musician also worked with Celine Dion on the power ballad It’s All Coming Back To Me Now, which was originally recorded by Pandora’s Box, while he holds songwriting credits for Barbra Streisand, Def Leppard and Air Supply.

In 1983, Steinman held the number one and two spots on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with Total Eclipse of the Heart and Making Love Out of Nothing At All taking the respective positions.

Meat Loaf spoke fondly of his longtime collaborator and said in a 2011 interview: ‘He’s my brother and I love him more than you’ll ever know.

‘And I know that Jim and I will work together again. I know it for a fact. He doesn’t know it, but I do.’

Steinman, who grew up listening to oprah, recalled his first thoughts of Meat Loaf while speaking to Kerrang in 2003, and said: ‘I thought he was astonishing.

He’s just one of those people who walks in and it’s the equivalent of an enormous cat pissing on the door.

Just stakes territory immediately. ‘Just charismatic and he wasn’t the character of Meat Loaf then, he was much more like this enormous inflated farm boy.’ In a post on his website, Steinman recalled the inspiration behind the hit he wrote for Celine, and explained: ‘I was trying to write a song about dead things coming to life.

I was trying to write a song about being enslaved and obsessed by love, not just enchanted and happy with it.

It was about the dark side of love and about the extraordinary ability to be resurrected by it once dead.’ Steinman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012


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