Jim Steinman, whose musical credits include writing and composing songs for Meat Load, Bonnie Tyler, and more has passed away at the age of 73.
"It’s with a heavy heart that I can confirm Jim’s passing." read a statement on Steinman's Facebook page. "There will be much more to say in the coming hours and days as we prepare to honor this giant of a human being and his glorious legacy."
"For now, do something that makes you feel young, happy and free. He’d want that for you!”
Steinman worked with many great artists, including Meat Loaf in which the pair worked together on his debut album, Bat Out Of Hell which was released in 1977 and later went on the become one of the best-selling albums of all time.
Speaking at Steinman's induction to the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012, Meat Loaf said "There is no other songwriter ever like him."
"I can never repay him. He has been such an influence, in fact, the biggest influence on my life, and I learned so much from him that there would be no way I could ever repay Mr. Jim Steinman."
Across his career, Steinman was nominated for four Grammys, winning Album of the year in 1996 for his work on Celine Dion's 'Falling Into You, and, from the records he'd worked on, sold more than 190 million copies according to his website.
"My songs are anthems," Steinman explained back in 1978 with Rolling Stone.
“to those moments when you feel like you’re on the head of a match that’s burning. They’re anthems to the essence of rock & roll, to a world that despises inaction and loves passion and rebellion. "
"They’re anthems to the kind of feeling you get listening to ‘Be My Baby’ by the Ronettes. That’s what I love about anthems — the fury, the melody and the passion.”