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. Carlos

    Very sad to hear this news. He was one of greatest singers/songwriters. In Rock history. His music will live on! Keep rockin' in Heaven...

    May 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • MONTROSE J

      My brother saw Ronnie James in Pekin,il at a bar in the downtown back in the late 80's or early 90's. He really liked them. So did I . Now they are both gone...R.I.P. RONNIE ...You will be missed and remembered.

      May 17, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Sion

      He's been sent away with so much to say and banished from our fold
      I am in awe, I found God's flaw...there's just not much more to say....
      Our fallen angel has earned back his wings and now he is where it is sweet and close and warm

      Like a flame that's going on the dim and needs blessing from the day..........

      ooooh heaven's connection.....

      Rest in peace Ronald, we will miss you so much man...PS teach Gabriel some 7 card stud man!!

      May 17, 2010 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • axewielderx

      I think my post is more personal than this.This one was not even edited.:(

      May 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lonny

      Another one of my fave metal gods has now passed on. Now i'm going to have to go home & blast out my "best of" Dio CD. Long live Dio!

      May 19, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      you really think he went to heaven? NOT! the man devoted his life to satan...

      May 22, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Drew W

    So sad. He was a really talented musician.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. shawn

    This is a sad day indeed. Dio was one of the heavy metal greats. You will be missed Mr. Dio.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • TOM

      Dude................................? Dio is & will always be!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Irene

    We lost another legend. RIP 🙁

    May 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gill

    Its a sad day in the metal community. Long live rock n roll!

    May 16, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. judith d garcia

    my deepest sympathies to the family of Ronnie James Dio. He will be missed very much.

    May 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mitchy

    I'm not even that into metal, but I love Dio, always sad to lose a genuine musician, and now we're left with the likes of justin beiber and 50 cent

    May 16, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warpurlgis

      We still have Ozzy

      May 17, 2010 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  8. Stefan

    A Holy Diver is no more... RIP. Thanks for all!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ron frey

    Rip Ronnie James Dio you were one of a kind.
    One of the best voices in history.
    No more suffering Rest in peace

    May 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Nate

    As usual, CNN is last to get the story....this has been out for hours...have been waiting for them to confirm....

    May 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mama Cheeze

      Nate. You speak of what is unnecessary. The time CNN pronounced Ronnie is beside the point. Do you even know and/or understand the point? A fool is often recognized by the idiot sounds it creates. And so you are.

      May 16, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pete

    One of the iconic singers in metal history, and also known as one of the nicest people in the world. RIP.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrea

      it`s true
      forever in our hearts DIO

      May 17, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Pete

    Rest in peace Dio...

    May 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jj

    Sucks. RIP Ronnie \m/

    May 16, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. adam

    Sad sad day. RIP Dio.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Guilermo moran

    In the dark punk. R .in p.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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