Sunday, May 16, 2010

RIP: Ronnie James Dio

According to his official web site:
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.

- Wendy Dio
Dio was of course the second vocalist for Black Sabbath, including on the amazing Heaven and Hell, and also the vocalist of Rainbow and a respected solo artist (see Holy Diver). Dio is credited with popularizing the horns (as you can see in the picture). He died this morning after a six month battle with stomach cancer.

This is the second amazing metal frontman to die in just over a month, as Peter Steele of Type O Negative died April 14.

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