Ronnie James Dio Dead At 67
May 17, 2010 at 4:09 PM (PT)
RONNIE JAMES DIO, the singer who replaced OZZY OSBOURNE in BLACK SABBATH and also was lead singer for the bands RAINBOW and DIO, has died at 67. DIO died SUNDAY, according to a statement on his website by his wife WENDY DIO. No cause was given, but DIO had said last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer.
"Today my heart is broken," WENDY DIO wrote. "Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away."
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES writes DIO replaced OSBOURNE in BLACK SABBATH in 1979. He left soon after the release of "Mob Rules" in 1981 to form DIO. He returned to BLACK SABBATH briefly in the 1990s and more recently had formed HEAVEN & HELL. DIO was also heavily involved with several charitable causes and was highly regarded throughout the metal and rock communities.
Rockin' '80s Salutes Dio
ENVISION RADIO NETWORKS and 4C STUDIOS' syndicated The Rockin' '80s will pay tribute to the memory of RONNIE JAMES DIO on the MAY 21st weekend in this week’s The Rockin' '80s radio show. The Rockin' 80's: A Tribute to RONNIE JAMES DIO is available for download beginning WEDNESDAY, MAY 19th.
Please contact MATT WARDLAW at email@example.com for more details on this special.