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Ronnie James Dio dead?


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There was a rumour going around yesterday that he had died, but apparently there's just been an official statement saying that he has succumbed to cancer. It was on his website 10 minutes ago but the site is down now. Metal Hammer are reporting that he's died.

EDIT - Ronnie James Dio Dies of Cancer - Revolver Features

Ronnie James Dio, legendary frontman of Dio, Black Sabbath, and Rainbow, passed away peacefully, according to his wife, today at 7:45 a.m. He was 67. The legendary metal vocalist, born Ronald James Padavona, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in November, forcing him to cancel shows with Heaven & Hellthe name of the Sabbath lineup he'd been fronting since 2006.

In a statement, Wendy said, "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."

Few artists have impacted heavy metal more than Dio. He invented the "horns," revitalized Black Sabbath, and enjoyed a solo career that produced hits like "Holy Diver," "Rainbow in the Dark," and "The Last in Line." In April, Revolver honored him at our Golden Gods Awards show with the Liquid Metal Best Vocalist award, which Dio's voted on, for his work on Heaven & Hell's The Devil You Know. Below is a video of him backstage with Slipknot's Corey Taylor, who was nominated for the same award.

Everyone at Revolver would like to extend our condolences to Dio's family. It was an honor for him to attend our event.

R.I.P., Ronnie. You will be sorely missed.


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Yeah it's fucking shite news!!!

Alll the metal legends are being killed off it seems. It'll be Lemmy next.


Yep - great front man, and a genuinely nice guy who didn't take himself too seriously.

Lemmy next? - NEVER! - we all know he can't be killed with conventialnal weapon!

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Death tried to get Ozzy when he piled his quad bike but he couldn't understand what the fuck he was muttering about so left him alone. He must be quite well-preserved as well. Like Keith Richards. They are half embalmed with all the chemicals and booze.

Black Sabbath with Dio were pretty pants if you ask me, It's all about the Ozzman.

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