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Jim Steinman, the colourful composer behind hits like Bat Out Of Hell and Total Eclipse Of The Heart, has died at the age of 73.

His brother Bill told the Associated Press that the songwriter and producer had died of kidney failure on Monday after being ill for some time.

“I miss him a great deal already,” he added.

Known for his bombastic, operatic productions, Steinman achieved his biggest fame with rock star Meat Loaf.

Their 1977 album Bat Out Of Hell – which contained hits like You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth and

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