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Posted: May 16, 2010 3:05 pm
i heard it on twitter. must be true.
Posted: May 16, 2010 3:11 pm

http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Artic le&newsitemID=140129

Wendy Dio, wife/manager of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET:

"Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. [on Sunday] 16th May. 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.

"We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us.

"Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss.

"Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

It was only a month ago that Dio, 67, spoke about his battle with cancer with the Artisan News Service on the "black carpet" of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which took place on April 8 at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. When asked about how he had been feeling since he was diagnosed with the disease late last year, Dio said, "Well, I feel good and bad at times. It's a long process. Chemotherapy is a... I never realized what a difficult thing it was to go through. It's a real cumulative effect the more you have, the more it piles up on top and it takes longer and longer to get over it. I find it very difficult to eat. I don't like to eat anyway, so I guess that's OK. But I know I have to. But this makes it very, very hard. But if you're determined to beat it, then you have to go with what you believe is going to beat it for you, and in this case it's that. I go to a great hospital in Houston called M.D. Anderson, which I think is the best hospital in the world, I have the best doctor in the world, Dr. Ajani, who I really trust and I really believe in, so I think I've done all the right things. It makes me feel positive about my life and positive that there is a lot more of it to live."

Earlier this month, HEAVEN & HELL canceled its summer tour plans in Europe due to Dio's treatment for stomach cancer. The band said in a statement that Dio wasn't "well enough to tour this summer. We hope that everyone understands and want to thank fans and industry colleagues for their continuing support at this time."

Ronnie James Dio had performed with ELF, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, and his own band DIO. Other musical projects included the collective fundraiser "Hear 'n Aid". He is widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the "devil's horns" hand gesture in metal culture. He was most recently involved with HEAVEN & HELL, a project which also included former BLACK SABBATH bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice. Their first and only studio album, "The Devil You Know", was released on April 28, 2009.
Posted: May 16, 2010 3:19 pm

Posted: May 16, 2010 3:31 pm
I hadn't heard he had cancer. Damn.
Posted: May 16, 2010 4:20 pm
Total bummer to an old middle-aged metalhead like me. Ronnie's music with Sabbath and Rainbow had a profound influence on me in my teens and early twenties when he, Halford, and Dickinson were the Holy Trinity of metal vocalists. Thanks for all the great music Ronnie! *sniff*

Posted: May 16, 2010 4:44 pm
Super bummed. Terrible day.
Posted: May 16, 2010 4:47 pm
The Greatest! The gentleman put out records for 52 years! Love me some Ronnie...this indeed sucks...RIP.
Posted: May 16, 2010 5:26 pm
Throw the goats (he invented it)! Ride the rainbow, Ronnie...RIP.
Posted: May 16, 2010 6:13 pm
Heaven and Hell is one of my favorite records. RIP.
Posted: May 16, 2010 6:45 pm
DIE YOUNG!!!...that song always made me not want to die young!!! i love all his bands and songs!!! WISHING WELL is on the box rite now!!!
Posted: May 16, 2010 6:50 pm
he ruled. RIP indeed.
Posted: May 16, 2010 7:13 pm
a perfect LP side of metal...side 2 of Rainbow "Rising" RIP Ronnie!

Posted: May 16, 2010 8:47 pm
i'm down with dio. r.i.p.
Posted: May 16, 2010 9:11 pm
Dio or Dion?

Dio going after the garage rock market

and again

This Rainbow in the Dark's for You

for Louie

pay particular attention at 2:51

Posted: May 16, 2010 10:33 pm
high school probably @ 1983/84. friday afternoon at a friends house getting ready to cruise in his 280z blasting "holy diver" in his driveway. we couldn't score chicks to save our lives. i guess we should have been listening to "rio". thanks a fucking lot dio.
Posted: May 16, 2010 10:43 pm
arman, your choice of music would not have helped. sorry man.
Posted: May 16, 2010 10:48 pm
RIP Ronnie.
Posted: May 16, 2010 10:49 pm
I loved Dio era Sabbath more than Ozzy era Sabbath. There someone said it.
Posted: May 16, 2010 11:06 pm
I loved Dio era Sabbath more than Ozzy era Sabbath. There someone said it.

Ditto...I confess the same. Revolt!

The king is dead. Long live the king. Long live rock and roll!
Posted: May 17, 2010 12:48 am
Posted: Yesterday, 10:49 pm Quote I loved Dio era Sabbath more than Ozzy era Sabbath. There someone said it.

Posted: May 17, 2010 1:10 am
Sorry to hear this. I've mentioned it here before. I once got busted trying to shoplift "Holy Diver" at Kmart.
Posted: May 17, 2010 1:35 am
thanx BEEF!!!
Posted: May 17, 2010 5:26 am

Better songs.
Posted: May 17, 2010 11:40 am
I loved Dio era Sabbath more than Ozzy era Sabbath. There someone said it.

i love the dio era sabbath but won't choose one over the other. i'll definitely take dio sabbath over ozzy's 80s solo "re-birth".
Posted: May 17, 2010 11:56 am
Wow! R.I.P.
Posted: May 17, 2010 2:30 pm | Edited by: Vinyl Ritchie
The 2 (3 if you count live evil) dio sabbath lps are definitely better than the last 3 ozzy sab lps...but ain't much fuckin with master of reality, just sayin'
Posted: May 17, 2010 2:39 pm
ain't much fuckin with master of reality, just sayin'
Posted: May 17, 2010 4:02 pm
Got me thinking about seeing Dio back in '84 and '86, huge dragon stage show, lotsa fun. Wish I still had the LP's but they were sold decades ago.
Posted: May 17, 2010 5:56 pm
SABBATH only got good when DIO took over!
Posted: May 17, 2010 6:08 pm
SABBATH only got good when DIO took over!

YES! Could you imagine dealing with a drunken and drug addled Ozzie for all those years and then you get RJD? It's like going from an Escort to a BMW.
Posted: May 17, 2010 6:51 pm
Devil horns at half mast today everyone.
Posted: May 18, 2010 9:18 am
Vivian Campbell willed this!

Posted: May 18, 2010 9:41 am
this Sunday, on The First Church of Rock, the entire show will be a tribute to RJD...his doo wop stuff all the way to the latest Heaven and Hell record.

Sunday, May 23rd, Noon to 2(CDT)
89.9FM WEVL www.wevl.org
Posted: May 18, 2010 10:41 am
this off of CNN comments section:

Wait, wait, wait.... A real talent like Ronnie James Dio dies - a man who helped invent the metal genre - and Brett Michaels is the focus on the Entertainment page? CNN has gone to the dogs.
Posted: May 21, 2010 9:04 am
Posted: May 21, 2010 10:00 am
Go away dumb jesus people.
Posted: May 21, 2010 12:18 pm
not sure what the big deal is about the dio vs ozzy (gillan too) thing since tony martin was by far the best singer sabbath ever had. tyr and headless cross were masterpieces.
Posted: May 21, 2010 12:23 pm
tony martin was by far the best singer sabbath ever had

Do you take medication to help you with these delusions? If it weren't for Dio there would never have been a Tony Martin as he obviously worshipped Dio. I'm waiting for someone to say Glenn Hughes was the best singer Sabbath ever had.
Posted: May 21, 2010 12:29 pm
Having Westboro baptist Church protest you is a sign that you made the world a better place
Posted: May 21, 2010 1:43 pm | Edited by: Janderass
I know, what are their signs gonna say? "God Hates Satanic Metalheads"? Duh!!!
Posted: May 21, 2010 3:48 pm
glenn hughes was a close second.
Posted: May 21, 2010 4:02 pm
lol sorry Wyatt I was drunk earlier when I posted that
Posted: May 23, 2010 11:02 am
Dio on the Radio...for 2 solid hours...today at Noon
Posted: May 23, 2010 11:36 am
Dio on the Radio...for 2 solid hours...today at Noon

fuck yeah!
Posted: May 23, 2010 11:06 pm
Enjoyed the Elf segment of the show, especially the cover of Cross-Eyed Mary.
Posted: May 24, 2010 12:33 pm | Edited by: Uptight White
I had forgotten the greatness that was Dio era Rainbow. Glad to hear cuts off of the Mob Rules album, which has has recieved an undeserved bad rap since it came out, despite bringing Sabbath into the NWBM fold. I had forgotten the speed demon Iommi was on that one.

You could even hear Dio's potential as a powerful metal singer on "Love Potion #9". The interview segment was heavy and unfortunately, on target. The show did justice to an amazing career and great life.
Posted: May 24, 2010 7:25 pm | Edited by: Vinyl Ritchie
thanks y'all...I know what you mean about the Rainbow, last year it hit me how amazing it was, sounded so much more powerful than I remembered...
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