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We Lost a Legend – R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio…, pub-2427795083793513, DIRECT, f08c47fec0942fa0

The nicest rock star I ever met. True to his fans and a great voice. A rock n roll legend.

Always one of the rock n roll children, chuck.

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.–62001717


Updated: May 18, 2010 — 9:08 AM


  1. wow this is so very sad .i cant think of a time during the height of heavy metal that i wasnt psyched when a new dio album was comming out. allthe way from holy diver to lock upthe wolves.and the song i couldve been a dreamer off dream evil is an underated dio gem.
    in my opinion ozzycanteven hold a candle todio era sabbath.
    its so sad that the a legend isnt with us anymore.
    long live rock n roll andlong live the legacy of ronnie james dio

  2. Ronnie is probably the only artist I traveled across the country to see. I saw him with DIO in Detroit several times. DIO in Ft Wayne, IN and with Heaven and Hell I drove to Cincinnati on the DIO Years tour. In 08 I flew out to Houston TX to see him on the Metal Masters Tour. I used to go to Detroit all the time to see shows when I lived in MI. 3 hour drive for a good show was the norm. But I have never traveled that far to see anyone else. Cinci was a 8 hour drive. Of course I had to fly out to Houston.

    I remember when I first heard Ronnie’s voice. I think I was 15. I was watching a MTV Rockumentary on heavy metal. Of course 1980 was a huge year for metal. I was already a fan of Sabbath already. The Rockumentary did play a clip of Paranoid earlier which I loved. Then they played a clip of Neon Knights. I was awe struck! If its possible to fall in love with a voice this was a instance! I was like WOW that dude has a KILLER voice! From that point on I was hooked on his voice. I went to the local record shop, Page One Records, and started buying everything I could with Ronnie on it. Of course I started buying other eras of Sabbath also and got hooked on Rainbow and Deep Purple at that point as well.

    When I first found a copy of Elf’s Trying to Burn the Sun I was like a kid on Christmas morning. This is prior to the internet, so rare stuff like that was extremely hard to come by.

    When Ronnie announced in 2006 on Rockline that he had started writing with Tony Iommi again, I thought I was in heaven! My favorite singer and favorite guitarist reuniting again! What a thrill! I had missed Sabbath on the Dehumanizer tour in 92, so when they got back together again, no way was I going to miss that show!

    His music has always had a special place in my heart. He spoke often about the downtrodden, the unsung heroes. Good vs evil. He was my favorite singer, my favorite frontman, and favorite songwriter. His passing has and will have a profound effect on my life. I will miss him more than words can speak of. I loved listening to and reading his interviews. He spoke so eloquently. A true intellectual.

    RIP Ronald James Padavona, aka Ronnie James Dio.

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