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. Joel A. Lopez

    Bert your a moron! Why don't you put on your headphones turn on your Ipod and listen to your favorite singer
    "Justin Bieber". RJD was a Rock n Roll genius. If you have an issue with all of us (his fans) why are you on this
    page. Oh! I Know why, your a moron!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bert

    sandy,

    if silver linings disappear, how can they always shine? Ronnie won't shine .. he's dead.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bert

    Joel,

    I was just giving you advice about your fingers ... you don't have to get so mad... Sheesh!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. DIOROCKS

    You will be missed by all, The rock world has lost one of its true pioneers of metal and will be rememberd as the man on the silver mountain, Thanks for all the great music, ROCK ON

    May 17, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tracey Reitterer

    A true Rainbow in the world of rock & roll, Rest in eternal peace, Mr. Dio.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ernie

    DIOROCKS

    I won't miss him. So, you really can't say You will be missed by all. And there is no such thing as a silver mountain.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tomas

    Bert, everyone here knows you don't really know anything about real music, so don't even bother posting your pathetic 15 year old comments and please go to sleep or listen to some of your lame music

    May 17, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Big Bird

    I like rainbows ... did this man look like one?

    May 17, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  9. South Queens, NY

    I'm the man.......I'm the man on the silver mountain!

    Saw Dio as the lead singer for Rainbow in 1976 at the Beacon Theater in NYC. Ronnie put on great performance and I will never forget that huge voice and tremendous stage presence from a man of small stature but a big heart.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joel A. Lopez

    Ernie, you should join Bert. Maybe you 2 can get a job on Sesame Street.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bert

    Tomas

    How can you speak for everyone? Are you all together? How do you define real music? My comments are actually only a few minutes old ... certainly not 15 years, you must have a time perception problem.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    This hurts bad! I love you Ronnie! Thank you for all the music and your talent. Rest in god arms, and my love!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. Faust

    R.I.P. for one of the greatest singers and musicians rock music ever saw. For a great man with big heart, humility and real care for his millions of fans.

    He will be sorely missed but his legend will live on...

    May 17, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. Big Bird

    Joel,

    Can I have a job too? How's that finger thing working for you?

    May 17, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tomas

    Ernie, that would never make sense to someone who has never been a true metal diehard fan, wich by the way i can tell you are not

    May 17, 2010 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
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