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Black Sabbath singer Ronnie James Dio dead at 67
May 17, 2010
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May 17, 2010

•Former Black Sabbath lead singer dies at 67
•Frontman succumbs to stomach cancer

RONNIE James Dio, solo artist and former vocalist for Black Sabbath, died yesterday following a battle with stomach cancer at the age of 67.

In a statement on Dio’s official website, his wife Wendy Dio wrote that her heart was broken.

“Today my heart is broken," she wrote.

"Ronnie passed away at 7:45am [on Sunday] 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.”

“Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all," the statement continued.

"We so appreciate the love and support that you all have given us.

"Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

Dio began his career in rockabilly and doo-wop bands before performing with the hard rock bands Elf and Rainbow.

In 1979, after leaving Rainbow, Dio replaced original vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in the pioneering UK heavy metal band Black Sabbath.

Dio formed his eponymous solo project in 1982, scoring a big hit and popular MTV video with Rainbow in the Dark.

In 1986 Dio organised Hear N Aid a metal version of Bob Geldof's Live Aid famine relief effort.
The veteran rocker returned to Black Sabbath temporarily in 1992 to record the album Dehumanizer.

In 2006, he and his former Sabbath bandmates recorded an album and toured under the moniker Heaven and Hell, also the title of Black Sabbath’s first album with Dio.

Wendy Dio announced Dio’s stomach cancer diagnosis in November 2009.

May 17, 2010
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HOLY DIVER!!!!

saw this when I got up today...at least he lived to 67 , not too many people making that far these days.especially rock stars...

BloodStone...

If it were raining hookers, I'd get hit by a fag.

May 18, 2010
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Im surprised he kicked the bucket before ozzy did, after all he did replace Ozzy in Black Sabbath.

May 19, 2010
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In the town I grew up in a buddy of mine lived on the street that was deticated to Dio back in the 80's. He was born in my hometown and the Street he lived on they named Dio Way. He was there for the celebration back in the day.

May 20, 2010
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A Classy guy and true gentleman....

May 21, 2010
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m/ Dio m/

May 21, 2010
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"shadowfx" wrote: m/ Dio m/

True that.

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