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jimi_stephen
05-17-2010, 03:23 AM
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."

Such a sad day for classic metal fans everywhere.
link (http://new.music.yahoo.com/ronnie-james-dio/news/--62001717)

katesith
05-17-2010, 03:51 AM
Oh my God!!!:eek::eek::eek::eek: This is terrible. He was big and was loved by many. But I guess everyone has their time and his just arrived. Sorry to hear this. R.I.P Dio.

zerus
05-17-2010, 03:56 AM
:rockRIP:rock

xXxDArKtOrNxXx
05-17-2010, 04:13 AM
it was on the news but they said he didnt die they lied... well lets whip out the classics guys!

A ZombieTwinkie
05-17-2010, 04:14 AM
It's confirmed by Dio's wife that he passed this morning. It was rumored all night, but he was rushed to the hospital and died this morning. R.I.P. Dio.

And, no offense, but someone already beat you to it.
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?t=228869

Nightsheath
05-17-2010, 04:37 AM
I'll be cranking up some Holy Diver in his memory

ApochWeiss
05-17-2010, 04:52 AM
I'm just beyond confused as to what is going on with Dio. It's sad if he did die but the #1 news source for all Metal related stuff, blabbermouth.net, doesn't even have the information, and I'd imagine they would be the first on the scene. Guess I'll see...

A ZombieTwinkie
05-17-2010, 04:54 AM
I'm just beyond confused as to what is going on with Dio. It's sad if he did die but the #1 news source for all Metal related stuff, blabbermouth.net, doesn't even have the information, and I'd imagine they would be the first on the scene. Guess I'll see...

Well, you can always try his website. http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/ As per Wendy Dio; he passed this morning.

ApochWeiss
05-17-2010, 04:56 AM
Well, you can always try his website. http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/ As per Wendy Dio; he passed this morning.

...ahh...well then...guess that shut me up and killed my hope of a rumor...thank you mr. hastoberightallthefriggintime...jackass...

No really though, thanks for the heads up on that, last I heard the site was still down.

RIP

A ZombieTwinkie
05-17-2010, 05:08 AM
...ahh...well then...guess that shut me up and killed my hope of a rumor...thank you mr. hastoberightallthefriggintime...jackass...

No really though, thanks for the heads up on that, last I heard the site was still down.

RIP

Well.....

......Unngh!! :p Haha.

And I know what you mean, Apoch. I came across this early this morning and couldn't find a thing. Then Blabbermouth said how he was admitted, but not doing well. That, and I couldn't get onto Dio's website as it was down for some - though now presumably obvious - reason.

ApochWeiss
05-17-2010, 05:12 AM
Well.....

......Unngh!! :p Haha.

And I know what you mean, Apoch. I came across this early this morning and couldn't find a thing. Then Blabbermouth said how he was admitted, but not doing well. That, and I couldn't get onto Dio's website as it was down for some - though now presumably obvious - reason.

Yeah. Plus tack on I just drug my ass out of bed about two and a half hours ago and now am working.

In a sense, I'm kinda happy he has passed. I know the guy was suffering. Wasn't anything sudden, he had cancer. I mean, as much as I wish the guy were alive today, I didn't want him to suffer for a selfish wanting of a new Dio album.

Either way, he'll be missed.

jamie1000013
05-17-2010, 08:34 AM
who? not meaning to sound harsh lol

Seraph Xii
05-17-2010, 09:05 AM
YouTube- Lyrics :. Black Sabbath - Heaven And Hell
:rock:rock:rock:rock:rock:rock:rock:rock:rock:rock

gromitSWE
05-17-2010, 01:28 PM
I'm so sad right now :(
He was one of the best songer.

R.I.P Ronnie James Dio 1942-2010 R.I.P
:( :( :( :(

CodSteaks
05-17-2010, 02:24 PM
"He had songs of wildebeests and angels,
He has soared on the wings of a demon."
- Tenacious D

Hadn't really listened to much of his music, to be honest, but I knew he was a big part of classic heavy metal. Think I'll check some of it out, though.

iKiddo
05-17-2010, 04:13 PM
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Its Just Clutch
05-17-2010, 05:04 PM
R.I.P, what a inspirational person. :(

Madman55
05-17-2010, 05:08 PM
RIP Dio. :rock:rock

bapae
05-17-2010, 05:26 PM
R.I.P. Ronnie Dio you will be missed.

xK1NG L30N1DASx
05-18-2010, 12:58 AM
R.I.P. keep it rockin' in the afterlife.

Badgersrock
05-18-2010, 03:25 AM
R.I.P Dio you will be missed

DarkestofFlames
05-18-2010, 04:38 AM
Shocking news to me. I knew he had cancer, but I seriously thought he would make it. I know plenty of people who have overcome this illness. I feel that a major part of my youth has died. Dio has been one of my favorite singers since I was a kid. He is also one of the major reasons I fell in love with Metal. He's been a big inspiration to countless musicians and metal fans. R.I.P. RJD.

Herr Shaun
05-18-2010, 10:33 AM
http://www.xbox360achievements.org/forum/showthread.php?t=228869

Another thread in his honor.

Gorilla Stomper
05-19-2010, 01:52 AM
R.I.P Ronnie James Dio 1942B.C.-2010A.D. R.I.P


Fixed.....

Tussell
05-19-2010, 01:56 AM
Fixed.....
See?! I'm not the only person calling him old. People were tweaking when I said he was old. I know that 67 isn't old as dirt, but the condition he was in aged him pretty damned fast.

DOOKH8R
05-19-2010, 03:01 AM
Rock on bro' wherever you are.

YouTube- Dio Singing In The Pick Of Destiny