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16 May 2010, 4:55 pm

I posted this in the music subforum, but I figured I would post it here too.

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Ronnie James Dio, whose soaring vocals, poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil broke new ground in heavy metal, died Sunday, according to a statement from his wife and manager. He was 67.

Dio revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J. with the latest incarnation of Black Sabbath, under the name Heaven And Hell.

"Today my heart is broken, Wendy Dio wrote on the singer's site, adding he died at 7:45 a.m. "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, Wendy Dio continued. "We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us ... Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

The statement was confirmed by Los Angeles publicist Maureen O'Connor.

Dio rose to fame in 1975 as the first lead singer of Rainbow, the heavy metal band put together by guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who had just quit Deep Purple.

Dio then replaced legendary vocalist Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980 with the critically acclaimed album "Heaven And Hell, considered by many critics to be one of the finest heavy metal albums of all time. His on-again, off-again tenure with Black Sabbath touched off an intense debate among fans as to which singer was the true essence of the band — a discussion that lasted until his death.

He also enjoyed a successful solo career with his self-titled band, Dio, in between his three stints with Black Sabbath (1980-82; 1992; and 2007-2009, when the band toured as Heaven And Hell, to differentiate it from Osbourne-led versions of Sabbath).

Many of his most memorable songs revolved around the struggle between good and evil, including his signature tune "Heaven And Hell. He also drew heavily on medieval imagery in songs like "Neon Knights, "Killing The Dragon and "Stargazer.

"He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it, said Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band toured with Dio since 1983, and was to do so again this summer at European rock festivals. "He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet.

Dio organized an all-star charity collaboration in 1986 called "Hear N Aid to raise money for famine relief in Africa, styled on the successful "We Are The World campaign of a few years earlier.

His solo hits included "Rainbow In The Dark, "The Last In Line and "Holy Diver."

\m/ Metal lost a legend today.


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16 May 2010, 5:06 pm

Always sad to lose a great musical influence.

I've put Catch the Rainbow on repeat.



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16 May 2010, 7:12 pm

Every time a musician dies, a part of me dies. May he rest in peace. :cry:


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16 May 2010, 7:43 pm

may he rest in peace, one of the most influencial artists of all time indeed :\


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17 May 2010, 12:00 am

First Pete Steele, now Dio. It's only May and I can tell it's not going to be a good year for metal.


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17 May 2010, 4:26 am

"The mob rules" was the first fast song I learned to play on bass. I've always liked the more epic Dio-era Sabbath songs.



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17 May 2010, 8:45 am

Yesterday afternoon I was listening and still enjoying the Holy Diver album, and I only got the sad news by email this morning.

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18 May 2010, 2:12 am

He will definitely be missed. RIP


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18 May 2010, 12:07 pm

Rest in peace, Dio.

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19 May 2010, 3:24 pm

Oh my flippin goodness! I had no idea that Pete Steele or Dio had died. That's just awful. Talented musicians, both of them.



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20 May 2010, 6:10 am

FFS Couldn't it have been Ozzy instead

I didn't get to see Dio+black sabbath reunion.



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21 May 2010, 3:27 am

Laz wrote:
FFS Couldn't it have been Ozzy instead

I didn't get to see Dio+black sabbath reunion.


My thoughts exactly! But I would have rathered neither of them die, I thought he would have won the battle.
RIP Dio.


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