AFTER the death of famous US singer Meat Loaf, whose hits included Bat Out of Hell, we look back at the a time when he was set to move to the North East fishing town of Hartlepool.

In 2003 the international superstar took his love for the town’s football club one step further and instructed his advisors to look for a house in the North East town.

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At the time he expected to pay around £1 million for the property, but it needed a sound-proof room for parties.

Louise Molloy, the singer’s spokeswoman at the time, said: “He is looking for quite a large house as he does have quite a lot of parties, and he will need somewhere secluded."

According to a local estate agent at the time however, he may have found it difficult to find a house in that price range and may have to look nearby.

A spokesperson for Dennis Dowen’s Estate Agents in Hartlepool said at the time: "There may be some properties in the northern end of town that reach the £700,000 to £800,000 price tag, but not any for £1m.

"On the outskirts of Wynyard, where he would be in the company of footballers, you may be able to buy a house for £1m."

It was reported that the singer was set to look around properties in the region in November that year, when he was in the region as part of a nationwide tour.

Ms Molloy added: “Meatloaf has visited the town before and was overwhelmed with how friendly and pleasant the people are."

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The musician, who was born Marvin Lee Aday died on January 20 and had “an amazing career” spanning six decades that saw him sell over 100 million albums worldwide according to the statement.

The singer stared 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, reveals the statement.

The statement on his official Facebook reads: “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.

“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!”

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