RONNIE JAMES DIO DIES AT 67
-“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.”
– Wendy Dio
A very sad emotional moment for all of Heavy Metal yesterday, as news spread like wild fire that legendary Ozzy replacement Ronnie James Dio had succumb to his battle with stomach cancer. Dio broke the news about his Cancer last summer fresh off a tour with his band “Heaven and Hell”. The band’s myspace has yet to be updated, completely understandable they just lost the heart of the band a friend and brother. RJD will be remembered as one of the greatest metal vocalists of our time. My condolences to his family and friends.
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 and 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 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.
His solo hits included Rainbow In The Dark, The Last In Line and Holy Diver
Read The Original CBC Article: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2010/05/16/dio-obit.html#ixzz0o6PpLuER