Sunday, May 16, 2010


Heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio, who fronted bands like Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and Dio for close to four decades, with his Devil Horns and great vocals, died today at the age of 67. Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November of 2009.

In a statement on his official website, Dio’s wife and manager Wendy Dio wrote, “Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes 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.”