Monday, May 17, 2010

Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

Ronnie James Dio, the vocalist for Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath (replacing Ozzy Osbourne), Dio and Heaven and Hell, passed away on Sunday morning after battling stomach cancer. He was 67.

In a statement on Dio's website  his wife Wendy said "my heart is broken".

"Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away," the statement said.

"Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us."
- Wendy Dio

Dio started his career in the 60's, playing bass and trumpet for a local group called the Vegas Kings. The group later became known as the Electric Elves and, in the early 70's, Elf. The group released three albums, none of which charted, and were guests on two album by Roger Glover of Deep Purple. It was through Glover that they met Richie Blackmore, who used the musicians from the group to form Rainbow.

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Artists React to the Passing of Ronnie James Dio

"We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio. In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him. We will miss him. - Paul, Gene, Tommy and Eric"

David Coverdale of Whitesnake:
"[I was] so very sad to hear of Ronnie's passing... My thoughts, prayers and condolence to his family and friends."

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Also there is a special tribute over at

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