Jim Steinman died in Connecticut

The author of the music for “Vampire Ball,” Jim Steinman, has died at age 73. The news was reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday, April 20.

According to his brother, the Grammy-winning composer of “The Vampire Ball” died of kidney failure. After a brief illness, Steinman died April 19 in Connecticut, near his home in Ridgefield.

“I miss him very much already,” Bill Steinman told the AP by phone.

Jim Steinman was born Nov. 1, 1947, in New York City. The composer began his career in musical theater, with a score for a student production of Bertolt Brecht’s “Man to Man” in 1968. He was known for writing and producing operatic rock musicals and ballads throughout his prolific career. Steinman has written hits for such performers as Célion Dion, Bonnie Tyler and Air Supply.

Steinman’s best known works include the song “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” for singer Bonnie Tyler, and the album “Bat Out Of Hell” by singer Meat Loaf. He has also written songs for the musicals Whistle in the Wind and The Vampire Ball, which have been successful in Europe, Russia, and the United States.