Ronnie James Dio Dies at 67

No words, just holding the metal sign up high to a true rock legend!

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From the Associated Press:

Ronnie James Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67.

Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J. with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath, under the name Heaven And Hell.

“Today my heart is broken,” Wendy Dio wrote on the singer’s site, adding he died at 7:45 a.m. “Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.

“Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all,” Wendy Dio continued. “We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us … Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.”

The statement was confirmed by Los Angeles publicist Maureen O’Connor.

From CNN:

Heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio died Sunday morning after a battle with stomach cancer, his wife announced.

“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. 16th May,” Wendy Dio said in a message posted on his official website.

Dio, 67, followed Ozzy Osbourne as Black Sabbath’s lead vocalist in 1979.

“Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away,” she wrote. “Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all.”

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3 Comments on “Ronnie James Dio Dies at 67”

  1. urdead2me Says:

    RIP – Ronnie James Dio, 67, can probably be credited for popularizing the “devil’s horns” often seen raised at heavy metal concerts. Nice obit here: http://urdead2me.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/rip-ronnie-james-dio/


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  3. Honeydog Says:

    What “Pipes”… What a Showman… What Awesome Times… What a shame. RIP Ronnie. Can’t and won’t forget you.


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