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Metal legend Ronnie James Dio passed away at the age of 67 on Saturday.

He had announced during his tour last year that he was suffering from stomach cancer.

Dio was a singer for Rainbow, Dio, and in 1979, replaced Ozzy Osbourne as the new Black Sabbath frontman.

He was legendary in the rock and metal world and his album Heaven And Hell was considered to be one of the greatest metal albums of all time. He's also been credited with popularizing the "devil horn" hand gesture, which became the widely-accepted symbol for metal.

His wife Wendy Dio released a statement on the frontman's website:

"Today my heart is broken. 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. 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."

So sad. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

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61 comments to “R.I.P.”



  1. 1

    :(



  2. 2

    HE DIED ON SUNDAY GET IT RIGHT



  3. 3

    I still cant believe it, he was a legend and he will never be forgotten



  4. 4

    RIP, Ronnie James Dio…the world lost a great talent!



  5. 5

    TIME TO PAY THE PIPER JEW FACE =(……. YOUR FATHER IS OF THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN.TIME TO BURN YOU FCUKIN HEEB JEW MOTHERFCUKER. ONE LESS JEW FUCKER ON THIS PLANET.



  6. 6

    It is sad. He was doing bad last night. :( such a great humble VERY talented sad he had to suffer from cancer. RIP Ronnie James Dio. :'(



  7. 7

    RIP Ronnie James Dio :(
    Thank you for being an influence to Metal.
    my deepest condolences to his family and friens.



  8. 8

    His wife's statement is so lovely aww



  9. 9

    Omg :O…he was soo talented !, He had one of the best voices ever . Rest In Peace :( .



  10. 10

    Rest in peace!



  11. 11

    RIP, Ronnie James Dio…the world lost a great talent!Re: KDIZZLL

    YOU ARE TRULY FUCKED-UP….YOU HITLER LOVING, NAZI PIECE OF SHIT!



  12. 12

    He was such a fantastic vocalist. Metal has lost a legend. RIP, Dio.



  13. 13

    Ronnie passed away 1 hour and 45 minutes after my uncle. I will remember that day forever. Cancer is a bitch.



  14. 14

    Wow-didn't even know he was sick. He was a great influence to the genre of metal and Heaven and Hell was was of the greatest metal albums ever. RIP RJD-you will be missed.



  15. 15

    My dad died of stomach cancer. It's incredibly painful and frustrating to spend your last days unable to eat, drink, move or speak. Cancer is terrible. RIP Ronnie.



  16. 16

    R.I.P Ronnie! You were amazing! I grew up always wanting to be you! Thanks for everything youve given the world!

    \m/ (>_



  17. 17

    A true legend in every sense of the word.

    I was lucky to meet Ronnie once several years ago, he was very humble and appreciative and thankful to his many fans.

    Godspeed Ronnie………



  18. 18

    DIO WASNT JEWISH, HE WAS ITALIAN



  19. 19

    Re: KDIZZLL – DIO WASNT JEWISH, HE WAS ITALIAN. THEN AGAIN, YOUR PROBABLY SAYING THESE THINGS BECAUSE YOU WERE MOLESTED.



  20. 20

    Re: lovemygirl – BTW DIO WAS ITALINA, NOT JEWISH



  21. 21

    I couldn't believe it when i read this!! such a legend!! now he is with rockin with other metal legends. rest in peace dio



  22. 22

    Re: KDIZZLL – You are a complete moron. Please swallow your tongue.

    Back to the topic: Rest in peace, Ronnie. Your voice was amazing. Now I have to go listen to "Holy Diver".



  23. 23

    Fortunate to have seen RJD in concert in the late 80's - What a talented front man. Thoughts & prayers going out to his family & friends…

  24. @v@ says – reply to this


    24

    He could wail.
    I watched a bunch of old youtube vids today of him with Rainbow, Sabbath, etc.
    They were good.



  25. 25

    Ronnie was a true gentleman. He kept true to his love of heavy metal music and put on performances with all of his heart. I will never forget the times that I have seen him and will appreciate his contributions always. Rest, Ronnie… My condolences to Wendy & the family…



  26. 26

    Ronnie James Dio is one of the best voices in rock history. He will be missed terribly. Rock on Ronnie!!! Heaven and Hell Rules.



  27. 27

    Best metal singer ever! Long live rock n' roll.



  28. 28

    Thank you Perez. I thought you were going to completely over look him today. RIP Ronnie. \m/



  29. 29

    So so sad :( His metal will definitely live on!



  30. 30

    His voice was absolutely amazing. His wife stated that he passed away peacefully. I hope that's true and he didn't suffer. He was such a nice person.



  31. 31

    The man was a goddamn legend and rightly so. The greatest voice in power metal. Long live his legacy.



  32. 32

    Ronnie James Dio is a legend. The most amazing inspiration. I heard the news on the radio and couldn't believe what I was hearing. I didn't even know he was sick. Dio is a master musician.

    Thomas Chi
    Screenplay writer
    Marilyn Manson Murders; Screenplay



  33. 33

    Keep rockin' Ronnie !!! \nn/



  34. 34

    Rock in peace man \m/ you were so loved, so talented and this is very tragic. Re: KDIZZLL – and you my sir, need to go to hell. It's fucked up to judge someone based on there beliefs. I don't even think Ronnie was Jewish. I would tell you to gain some fucking respect but it's pretty clear that's not gonna happen. Anyways, fuck off. And I hope you get hit by a bus.



  35. 35

    A man died. A legend was born.
    R.I.P Dio.

  36. Bree says – reply to this


    36

    I too was fortunate to see him in concert just a few years back. What a performer, what talent. Such a metal legend, his music will definitely live on. RIP Dio x



  37. 37

    Rest in Peace.



  38. 38

    so sad….such a legend…rest in peace \m/



  39. 39

    He was like a "Rainbow in the Dark!" Godspeed Ronnie!



  40. 40

    r*i*p



  41. 41

    Finally, you are reporting on a REAL musical legend.

    R.I.P., Ronnie, and love to your family and friends.



  42. 42

    i am heartbrokennnnnnn :(



  43. 43

    Dio was truly a legend. His vioce was so amazing! RIP, my friend.



  44. 44

    Re: Tess_from_sweden – Tess, sorry for your loss. Be well. Melissa

  45. WoMC says – reply to this


    45

    RJD was amazing to listen to, I feel fortunate to have been able to see him perform live during the "Strange Highways" tour. I stood there in amazement at how this small sized man could produce this voice that overtook the room and make heavy metal seem like opera set to guitars and drums.
    He will be missed.



  46. 46

    Look at all the comments here: 100% positive! How touching. I've heard nothing but great things about this man's humble, kind personality. RIP indeed.



  47. 47

    I cannot believe he's gone. Dio was awesome.



  48. 48

    A true Rock God died on Sunday at 7:45 am . A sad time for Metal & Rock & Roll fans everywhere he was such an Icon not a satonist at all, him and his wife were involved in tons of charitys outside the industry. Heart of gold Voice that will always bring a smile to my face. May you Rest In Peace Ronnie You had a battle for which you did not loose you just sang your way to the gates of wherever that may be. My condolences to Wendy and everyone around him. \m/



  49. 49

    oh no !!!!! I thought he was getting better !!!!
    :(((
    Very sad :(



  50. 50

    GOD! i'm so sad.. why did he died!! god this is really sad! i don't understand why such a great musician had to die and people like justin bieber lady caca the jonas brothers kesha are STILL alive… makes you wonder why always the great musicians die and the shitty ones stay.. why!?…



  51. 51

    aw
    bye Ronny



  52. 52

    Re: KDIZZLL – you stupid ignorant little fuck. what the hell are you doing on here?! go burn in your trailor park you sad piece of shit. Racist mother fucker wouldn't know even how to pronounce dio–go listen to your little country backwards ass bullshit and fuck your sister. Daddy left your honkey ass for something better-prison. burn burn burn



  53. 53

    i saw dio when i was 4 months preggers. my son loves him (2 years old) and my husband and i were big fans. xoxo he's a rainbow in the dark



  54. 54

    I cant believe it still, I just want to go see on tour and now dead.. its heart breaking, he will be loved!



  55. 55

    R.I.P. Ronnie.



  56. 56

    Re: KDIZZLL – Um, wasn't he Italian?



  57. 57

    oww :( i remember the first time i heard him n bloody loved it! RIP



  58. 58

    LONG LIVE METAL!!!!! RIP…….JUST A RAINBOW IN THE DARK….



  59. 59

    I loved Dio. Loved his concerts. RIP!!!!! Long live Dio and Metal Rock!!!



  60. 60

    a metal legend gone… i'm so heartbroken… i saw him on tour with Iron Maiden and was amazed by his Voice… he seemed so down to earth in everything he did… my condolences to his family… Ronnie will be truly missed by the metal community….
    so i salute you Ronnie James Dio… May You Rest In Peace
    \m/-_-\m/



  61. 61

    Good on you for mentioning this Perez. I was glad to see this post.
    R.I.P Ronnie James Dio, you will be missed!