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. Rupkeh

    Another legend to the land of the legends.................

    Atleast he left something which will never be forgotten EVER.... His music, his voice!

    Greetz and Respect

    Rupkeh
    ( Netherlands )

    May 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bryce Renica

    R.I.P Ronnie \m/

    May 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jerry

    What a loss for the heavy metal music genre! But also, what a loss for music lovers. RIP! DIO was the voice!

    May 16, 2010 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joe

    the begginning to the end of the world

    May 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TDMenendez

    Very sad day. Definitely the best vocalist in Heavy Metal. I am proud to say I've seen him numerous times, met him and have pics with him.

    May 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steven

    A very sad day all over the world not just in the metal community but in general.. He was a huge icon that will be sadly missed...>Rip Ronnie James Dio

    May 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. rick haywood

    ronnie no question was the best volcals in the busines.r.i.p RJD you will be missed.his music was a big part of my life ,when i needed to get away there was ronnie james dio.i am deeply sad and moarn for the loss of RJD,

    May 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 10string

    the little man with the big voice. I was blesses with the opportunity to meet you. You were a pioneer, a mentor. You are now a legend. your achievements are only eclipsed by your humility and generosity. as I told you in person you are my favorite singer of all times. thank you for all you have given me. UP THE HORNS!!!! \m/

    May 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dave

    Dio rocked to the end, thats the way to go out. RIP Ronnie. I still crank your music, Rock On !

    May 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Todd T.

    What a truly terrible loss. One of my all time favorites & one of the best voices in metal.
    "Oh, carry home by broken bones and lay me down to rest" Goodbye R.J.D. Your music will live forever.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AEK

    Unequivocally the best voice in metal rock! R.I.P.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Aaron

    Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Rock n Roll – Rest in Peace Ronnie James Dio, you will be so freaking missed.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill C

    Dio was THE greatest metal vocalist. He was a class act. This is very sad news. Dio is now a legend and I've had the luck to see this man perform several times. All my sympathies to Wendy and the many fans.....

    May 16, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ian tighe

    damn RIP

    May 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alexandre Silveira

    I´m so sad about this. R.I.P. great Dio, the greatest voice in heavy metal.

    May 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
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