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. Ernie

    joey zasa,

    you're retarded.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ernie


    can you prove that?

    May 17, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. Suzanne

    May your loved one rest in peace and I hope you find solace in knowing that he was really appreciated in the music industry. My condolences and prayers to his family.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. Strangeman

    You are now the Man On the Silver Mountain. Thanks for the great music...RIP.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chuck


    Thanks for all of the great music. Your music touched so many lives and it will be your legacy. Great Job Brother! RIP.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. mel lindsey

    WHATS THIS WORLD COMING TO? they stop the world for michael jackson.and kurt cobain.but its just a blurb on some page about this musical great dying to stomach cancer. hello?

    May 17, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tomas


    Actually i did man. If you had the soul of a metal fan you would know how someone can still rock even after death, but since you are more of a jonas brothers kind of guy, i doubt you'll ever get to feel such a thing

    May 17, 2010 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bert


    Was he really your brother? I must've missed the news..

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

      Hahahaha you see that kind of stuff is what reveals that you're nothing but a 15 year old bored fat kid

      May 17, 2010 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Bert

      I bet I could kick your ass..

      May 17, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. KC

    i am sorry your favorite rock star had passed one. However, I don't think he is resting in Peace. You see he has history to do evil things and the devil horns. So he will not be in Heaven. He is living eternity in Hell because the path he choose. There is no rock n rolling or drinking or evil things in Heaven. As a Christian I need to say that Heaven is not a place for rock stars unless they accept the Saviour and repent and turn from thier wicked ways. I am sorry i am saying this but its the truth. Those that disobeys God and not come to know Jesus will not see the Kingdom of God and is an enemy of God and this guy was an enemy of God.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Evangelicide

      Your comments are neither warranted, nor welcome here. Get a life, loser.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Bert


      KC can comment here if he/she wants. It's free speech moron. Just because you don't agree then that's too bad. Why don't you get a life you toilet brush.

      May 17, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Sellena

      Honestly dude, if Heaven's going to be filled with stuck up people who demand perfection, I'd take my chances in hell anyday. At least there's no requirements.

      June 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bert


    So explain it to me. If I have the soul of a ceiling fan I would be able to understand rocking after death.. HMM

    May 17, 2010 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bert

    KC ... you may have just started a fight. God and the Devil. Heaven and Hell. Good and Evil. Christianity. Not real popular around here. Most of these morons think this dude is rockin after death in heaven.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jessica

    Satan is thrilled that Hell has gained a new resident.

    May 17, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tomas


    Finally you got one right 🙂

    May 17, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ernie

    I agree Jessica. Satan posted here earlier and said so.

    May 17, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bert


    Is that the one finger in your nose? or do you use two like Joel?

    May 17, 2010 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
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