May 16th, 2010
06:56 PM ET

Metal rocker Ronnie James Dio has died, wife says

Heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio died Sunday morning after a battle with stomach cancer, his wife announced.

"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.

Dio's rock became darker with his band Rainbow, which he left in 1979 to join Black Sabbath.

Black Sabbath released three albums with Dio, including "Heaven and Hell" in 1980, "Mob Rules" in 1981 and "Live Evil" in 1982.

Dio left that band in 1982, but he had a brief reunion with the group a decade later. He formed the group Dio in 1982. The group continued to perform until his illness.

His last public appearance was in April at the Revolver Golden Gods  Awards when he accepted a vocalist of the year award his work on last  year's Heaven and Hell album. Dio appeared frail, but he was able to  speak when accepting his award.

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  1. randall bahl

    sure wish you very well on the top of the biggest triple rainbow in the burned the sun way up high.

    April 26, 2013 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dude666

    Of course, everybody's going to ell if they don't go to your church. And metalheads are devil worship the devil and are bringing down the world. You are pathetic, and you live in a pathetic fantasy land, oh yeah and you give all your money away to con men (He calls hikmself your minister)

    May 16, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sadface

    You mean, sad little troll of a woman. It's incredibly weak to use someone's death as an opportunity to attack them.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dr. Steve

    LP, How dare you. I would be ashamed of myself if I had even thought the words you posted for the world to read.
    RJD R.I.P.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. jonas

    Leanne....why are you wasting time here? There is a tea party going on somewhere......

    May 17, 2010 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andrew H

    Evil begets evil...if you sing of the devil, you now doubt enjoy his compamy fool...

    May 17, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brian Ball

    Wow Leanne, you must be a frightened little puppy. Sad the that so many need someone to be "lost" so they can feel "found". What Love have you shown? what good has your words done?

    May 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. J Galt

    You will know the tree by its fruit...What we know of Dio would include the voice of a million thunders, a heart of gold, supporting charities and giving of himself to all. He was a prophet, a true believer by his actions...

    For all of you bible thumpers, consider the countless priests, evangelicals, and so called holy men who molest children and corrupt the church by stealing and adulteries....their fruit testifies to their decaying spirits...

    Long Live the King of Rock and Roll,,, a true saint amongst wolves in sheeps clothing... G*d bless RJD..

    May 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. IcemanN4

    Your a piece of trash, Leanne!

    May 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George

    as you don't have a you keep posting mean-spirited things here.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. michelle

    if you cant say something nice dont say it at all if this bothers you so much why are you even waisting your energy on something you dont even like im sure you do things i dont like but im not gonna focus on that this is well wishing to someone and his family and friends so i will say a blessing for you to find a life BLESSED BE ROCK ON DIO

    May 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. metatron

    you are a mean person :(

    December 31, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Metalhead

    please, can we stop with the anti-rock/metal crusades for one day to SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR THE DEAD, I'm a christian, I find it offensive that your condemning people to hell, so really dont go after a genre of music because you dont agree with it, your not a warrior for christ.

    January 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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