Meat Loaf, 74, who went from a student at North Texas to a Grammy Award-winning musician known for his epic rock songs, died Jan. 20.
“I am saddened to hear of Meat Loaf's passing,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “Meat Loaf was a tremendously talented performer and one of UNT's most notable alumni. He will be remembered for his incredible body of work, which spanned decades and ranged from unforgettable performances on the big screen and TV to record-breaking hit songs that continue to grow his fanbase to this day. I know his legacy will be — just as he was — larger than life, and he will always be a cherished member of our Mean Green Family.”
Meat Loaf, whose birth name was Marvin Lee Aday, was a Dallas native who attended North Texas in 1966 before he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.
He recorded some of the biggest rock hits of all time, including Paradise by the Dashboard Light, Two Out of Three Ain't Bad and I Will Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), which won the 1994 Grammy for Best Rock Performance.
Bat Out of Hell, released in 1977, was one of the best-selling albums of all time. He also appeared in more than 65 movies, including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fight Club and Wayne’s World. He also wrote his autobiography, To Hell and Back, in 1999.