It’s been crazy all day with the rumors surrounding Ronnie James Dio, but sadly, it’s official this time: Legendary metal icon Ronnie James Dio has passed away due to complications involving stomach cancer.
His wife and manager Wendy Dio gave the following statement via Blabbermouth.
“Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. [on Sunday] 16th May. 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 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.”
Dio has been in the music business playing heavy metal from the beginning, fronting bands like Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell. He was also responsible for popularizing the “metal horns” gesture (as seen above.) Dio will be forever a heavy metal icon and will be missed.
Here’s some classic Dio, “Holy Diver.”