The Passing Of A Legend

Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow) has lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67. His wife/manager Wendy Dio has updated the Dio website with the following:

“Today (May 16th) my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am. 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.”

You can leave your condolences on Facebook.

Dio remembered in photos here.

It is indeed a sad loss to the world of music, to most people he was ‘Metal’ He certainly was very influential, with a unique, unmistakable vocal style.