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. Matt

    Time for the Devil Horn Salute: \M/

    You will be remembered and missed, Mr. Dio.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JayJay

    We truly lost a metal legend today that inspired so many of us metal heads across the world.
    Horns up to Dio.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark

    A true legend and gentleman. I am so grateful for the legacy he left us, as well as the fact that he no longer has to suffer.

    My sincerest condolences to his wife, Wendy.

    \m/

    May 16, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ben

    We have lost true metal royalty.....without Dio the world will be distinctly less cool. He will be missed.....

    May 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Rothgar Ironfang

    Rest in peace, pillar of the metal world. You will be missed.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gary

    R.I.P. Ronnie, You Rocked, and will be missed!!!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. efs5619

    Yeahhh the Rock'n Roll lost a important person in World Scenarious....Rest in Peace mu brother....

    May 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Twinkies

    We love you RJD! RIP

    May 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mario

    RIP AND ROCK ON with all the great ones!!!!!!!!!! 😦

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

    He was the consumate metal performer. Nothing much else to say other than the metal world lost one of the best.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Tyrok

    Mr. DIo.... wow.... I have retyped this many times... there are so many things to say... but, it boils down to... you have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember... I will miss you.

    We pray to someone
    But when it's said and done
    It's really all the same
    With just a different name

    So many voices
    All giving choices
    If we listen they will say
    Oh, we can find the way

    But we'll sail on, sing a song, carry on
    Cause We Rock, We Rock, We Rock, We Rock
    We Rock, We Rock, We Rock, We Rock
    We Rock!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Phil Griffiths

    Two words: A Great.

    Sadly missed...

    May 16, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sandy

    Cortland, N.Y. has lost another son, and I feel the loss of an old classmate.
    Say hello to Nick Pantas for me friend.

    May 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marten

    RIP Ronnie!

    May 16, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. enigma65

    He'll know for the first time...
    If he's evil or divine...
    He's the last in line...

    May 16, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
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