I don’t mean to sound like an obituary, but I was so saddened by the news I had to share the word. Ronnie James Dio (of Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and the Dio band) has been fighting stomach cancer for a while now and died today. He was one of the greatest vocalists & song-writers in heavy metal. It was a pleasure to have seen him on tour in recent years and to hear one last album with fellow Black Sabbath bandmates “The Devil You Know” (2009). He will be missed, but his magic will live on.
Here is the statement from Wendy Dio
“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all 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.”