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1 Ronnie James Dio dies on Sun 16 May 2010, 17:12

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

"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.


really really sad news


the world has lost a metal god

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2 Ronnie James Dio dies on Sun 16 May 2010, 17:58

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Soooo sad I just heard this by some match commentator...

First heard him over a decade ago, in a live with Deep Purple.

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His work has been so important for metal and rock...


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3 Ronnie James Dio dies on Sun 16 May 2010, 18:19

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R.I.P Dio One of the greats has gone to a better place.



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4 Ronnie James Dio dies on Sun 16 May 2010, 18:25

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RIP to a real metal hero...Damm first Peter Steele now Dio. :(.

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5 Ronnie James Dio dies on Sun 16 May 2010, 18:38

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Is Not Dead - May 15, 2010
Contrary to published reports, legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) **has not** died after a six-month battle with stomach cancer.

After rumors started circulating via the Internet late Saturday that Dio had lost his cancer fight, BLABBERMOUTH.NET reached out to Ronnie's wife/manager Wendy Dio, who sent back the following message at approximately 11:35 p.m. PST on Saturday, May 15 / 2:35 a.m. EST on Sunday, May 16:

"I am at the hospital and Ronnie has NOT passed away!!!! He is not doing good, but he is not dead.

"I will let you know if anything changes.

"Thank you for your concern."

***UPDATE***: Wendy Dio posted the following message on Ronnie's official Twitter profile at approximately 3:45 a.m. EST on Sunday, May 16: "Don't believe the rumors, Ronnie is still hanging in there!!! Hugs, Wendy Dio." ***

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."



Mick Mars (MÖTLEY CRÜE):



Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE):



Chris Jericho (FOZZY):



Ronnie being interviewed by the Artisan News Service at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards on April 8, 2010 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles:



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6 Ronnie James Dio dies on Sun 16 May 2010, 18:40

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That was yesterday Dawn Today it was confirmed by his wife that he has passed away



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7 Ronnie James Dio dies on Sun 16 May 2010, 18:44

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okay Mike...I will call the family what a shock!



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8 Ronnie James Dio dies on Sun 16 May 2010, 19:05

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I just saw this and it completely shocked me. Another Metal Legend has died. R.I.P Ronnie. May you rock in heaven forever.

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9 Ronnie James Dio dies on Mon 17 May 2010, 00:15

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I was familiar with him thru Rainbow and Dio, and though I wasn't really a metal fan at that point, I really admired the work he did. It was a shock to read of his death.

Rest in Peace. Heaven's gonna rock for sure!

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10 Ronnie James Dio dies on Mon 17 May 2010, 02:03

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the same bastard cancer stole my mom from me almost a year ago at 58........there's only a 5% survival rate from this son of a bitch and i know more about the fucking thing than i would rather know.....his poor family.....i will pray for them, this battle i DO understand.....rest in peace.

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11 Ronnie James Dio dies on Mon 17 May 2010, 02:06

My Brothers, My Sisters, My Blood, let's pray for the family & friends tonight to remember The greatest heavy Metal singer, & devil horning person has died, raise your devil horns high for the great Ronnie James Dio, i know he not part of Disturbed, But he inspired This Band & every single band out there today, so let ask you this Disturbed Nation, what songs from Dio should Disturbed cover? I think a another tribute album of songs from Dio will be made in the near future, what stories you heard about him, have any of you meet Dio before or after his concerts.


Please raise your Devil Horns for our brother of metal, Ronnie, we hope to see you rock in heaven or somewhere, but he will be missed in the name of metal, Ronnie, thank you for bringing your voice & The Devil Horns into this world my friend, good luck in finding peace bro, Rest Internally In Peace, Ronnie James Dio.



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damn. I always hoped i could see him live some day. Its a shame for such an important member of metal culture, power metal in particular, to leave the world so early.

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You will not be forgotten. Devil horns will be raised in your name. A huge loss to metal and rock. He made a huge mark on todays hard rock and metal scene. My brothers,pray shall he continue his rock legacy up above.

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Ronnie James Dio:

-Gave up a scholarship in the prestigous school Julliard to pursue rock and roll
-started in rockability bands playing trumpet and vocals
-opened for Deep Purple in Elf as well as sang on stage with them several times
-became the original lead vocalist for Ritchie Blackmore`s Rainbow
-left Rainbow to take Ozzy`s place in Black Sabbath, and released great tracks like Heaven and Hell.
-left Black Sabbath to pursue a career with his own orignal band, Dio.
-played with both Black Sabbath (known as Heaven & Hell in the last few years) and Dio until his unfortunate death.


Talent wise, Ronnie was arguably the greatest metal vocalist of all time. The godfather of power metal, inventor of the devil horns, and one of the most respected members of metal lore, Ronnie leaves us with saddened hearts, but also with glorious memories.

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5/21/10: Fighting a nasty cold and I'm sick as a dog, but no way I will not make it tonight to pay tribute to Dio one more time on the Q104 show. I did line up a couple guests but unlike the satellite show I'd also like to get a little more music in, and to be honest do not know how long my voice will last. I do have a possible special guest co-host to assist if needed. So get ready, anything from Dio, H&H, Sabbath, Rainbow and maybe even some Elf, as we remember the great RJD.

Many requests for copies of the tribute from Sirius/XM Monday. I understand that is making the rounds on the internet however I can not rebroadcast the show. That is up to Sirius/XM. It was a special night for sure.

Can't wait to see Dedicated To Dio tomorrow after an all new TMS. Please note, all episodes of TMS were shot before Dio passed away! The VH1 Classic crew has been working around the clock to get this 30 minute TV tribute to RJD on tomorrow night after TMS and it will happen. Even though I host it, have not seen what's in it all the way through. So Saturday night on VH1C you have Golden Gods at 10, new TMS with Halford at 11, Dedicated To Dio at 11:30. More details in past blogs.

Finally just booked my flight to head to L A for the services. Leaving for the weekend this Thursday. Next Friday Q show and Memorial Day satellite show will be recorded so I can attend the Memorials. I am honored beyond belief that Wendy Dio has asked me to speak at the Memorial. I will do my best and see you out there a week from Sunday.

Again, thanks to all for the emails, they have been amazing. Lets enjoy the brilliance of Ronnie tonight at 11PM EST live on Q104.3 NYC or online at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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Public Memorial Service For Ronnie James Dio
There will be a Public Memorial Service for Ronnie James Dio on Sunday, May 30th at 2:00 PM at The Hall Of Liberty located at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90068.
This will be a celebration of the life and music of Ronnie James Dio and is open to all of his friends and fans from around the world.
For those of you that will be flying in from out of town or out of the country, we have made special rates at various local hotels available to you! Just go to our official Facebook Page for hotel information!
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