Heavy metal rock icon Ronnie James Dio died Sunday morning. He performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Ronnie James Dio has been battling stomach cancer for awhile but this is still sad news. I haven’t listened too much from Dio but whenever a heavy metal legend has passed away, it’s something I need to post and acknowledge. Maybe this will make me go out and listen to some Dio and other music Dio was apart of. Crank up “Holy Diver” tonight for Ronnie Dio!
“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.”
Born Ronald James Padavona in 1942, Dio’s professional music career began as a high school student in the late 1950s.
His 1960s rock group The Electric Elves evolved into Elf by the early 1970s, when the group played heavy blues rock.
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