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. Beatrice

    Another rock god has left us. RIP Dude!

    May 16, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Farid

    This is a sad day for me and the entire music world his music will live forever RIP
    Mr. Dio \m/.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PinkFloyd43

    He is rocking in another place! RIP!

    May 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Petar Gustav

    Metal is losing itns moment

    May 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul Fitzgerald and Thursday Night Magazine

    Thursday Night Magazine is sorry to hear about the loss of a great singer, performer and a person who was a stand up man on many levels.
    We send our condolences to the family and friends and fans of Ronnie James Dio for his legacy in the music industry.
    He will be missed and loved forever,
    Paul Fitzgerald
    Editor of Thursday Night Magazine

    May 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RST

    Rest in peace dear friend.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Antoinette Herrera

    Memory eternal, Ronnie James Dio. His loved ones are in my prayers.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Don F. Ho

    Can you spell, "R-O-C-K__ G-O-D"?

    May 16, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. 2010swfl

    RIP.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Paul Fitzgerald and Thursday Night Magazine

    Thursday Night Magazine, in honour of Dio, will be doing a feature on him and his life.

    http://www.thursdaynightmagazine.com will come out with a special feature on him in our June 3, 2010 issue

    May 16, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ian Gregory

    A Very Sad Loss
    One Of The Greatest Heavy Metal/Rock Singers I Ever Saw In 40 Years & One Of The Nicest Blokes I Ever Met While Involved In The Rock Show's Over the Years with My Dear Friend Andy Fox
    Ronnie RIP

    May 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alan Jaggars

    truly one of the greatest talents and nicest people in the world. a terrible loss.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeffrey Rossmann

    A truely sad day in the heavy metal/rock world to have lost such a legend with so much more to give us and the world. I'm very thankful to have seen him in action on 3 seperate occasions and will remember him always. R.I.P. Mr. Dio and my deepest sympathy to his wife Wendy.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeana Roper

    DIo you will be missed !!!

    May 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan Wharton

    Now he has to face Jesus and explain all that devil music. It's the day of reckoning for DIO.

    May 16, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Evangelicide

      Wow–another anonymous loudmouth on the internet.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
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