Steinman wrote and produced Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in 1983, which was the U.K. singer’s first and only Hot 100 No. 1 hit. The song earned Tyler a Grammy nomination for best pop vocal performance, female. Tyler reconnected with Steinman on the Footloose soundtrack song “Holding Out for a Hero,” another top 40 Hot 100 hit, peaking at No. 34 in 1984.
“I am absolutely devastated to learn of the passing of my long term friend and musical mentor Jim Steinman,” Tyler shared on Twitter and Instagram, alongside a sweet photo of the late musician. “Jim wrote and produced some of the most iconic rock songs of all time and I was massively privileged to have been given some of them by him. I made two albums with Jim, despite my record company initially thinking he wouldn’t want to work with me, thankfully they were wrong, and can say without any doubt that Jim was a true genius.
“He was also a funny, kind, supportive, and deeply caring human being and the world is a better place for his life and his work and a worse one for his passing. I will always be grateful to him for the opportunity to work with him and also to know him too. … Rest In Peace Jim my friend.”
Steinman’s cause of death remains unknown.