R.I.P. – Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

R.I.P. – Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

Ronnie James Dio passed away this morning at 7:45am after battling stomach cancer for the last 6 months…..he was 67 years old. Ronnie’s wife & manager Wendy Dio updated the Dio website with the following:

“Today (May 16th) my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes 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.”

You can leave your condolences on Facebook.

This is a very sad day for me because I am a huge Dio fan and I love all of his music. Cancer is a horrible disease, one that has touched more than a few in my family, so I can’t even imagine what Wendy Dio and Ronnie’s family are dealing with right now. When I read the news that RJD had stomach cancer last year, I was shocked, not because RJD had cancer but because one of my heroes had cancer. Musicians, athletes, actors, whatever type of celebrity…..the fans put these people on pedastals and they seem almost superhuman but they are people like the rest of us. It’s a sad day for the Heavy Metal world because we lost an icon and a supreme talent but we also lost a man who respected his family, friends and fans and seemed like a good guy. I will miss Ronnie James Dio because his music has meant a lot to me in my 30 years of being a Metal fan but it is with that music that Ronnie will live on. My deepest condolences go out to Wendy Dio and to Ronnie’s family, friends and fans. Rest In Peace Ronnie…..

Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll…..long live Ronnie James Dio!

— Steve

21 comments on “R.I.P. – Ronnie James Dio (1942-2010)

  1. Ronnie James Dio has left us with the unreal gift of his music… and I’m forever grateful. As you stated, Ronnie James Dio’s music meant a lot to you and I understand what you mean. No more suffering, only peace for Ronnie James Dio now and forever.

    I’m sorry to hear of any suffering within your family’s past from Cancer. Hopefully, our children will live to see a cure for all of it.


    • I have to agree, now Ronnie is at peace and he doesn’t have to suffer.

      My family has had a few cancer cases from straight cancer (if there is such a thing), to breast cancer, to lung cancer. The last one is the most recent where my 87 yr. old grandfather was diagnosed with a tumor in his lung. That tough S.O.B. went and had the lung removed so he could keep going and it looks like he will be just fine. I hope you’re right that a new generation will finally beat this disease.

  2. We are all very sad. The good thing is that he was 67 and that he could make many great records and play live many times all around the world. I saw him twice and both times i had a great time. Now we will have to look at his dvds/vhs tapes and play his albums to feel the magic of RONNIE JAMES DIO. Hail.

    • Isn’t it amazing that at age 67 RJD was still one of the best Heavy Metal singers of all time? I just saw him last summer with Heaven & Hell and the energy the man had on stage was immense. I was about five rows back, dead center in front of Ronnie, and it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. If that is the last memory I have of RJD, then it is a great one.

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  4. Still in shock, really, over this. It sounds weird but I kept waking up throughout Sunday night/early Monday morning thinking & hoping it was all just a dream. I just feel like he had so much left to offer be it music, family, friends and fans.

    As Rudy Sarzo said though, at least he is no longer suffering.

    • I’m still in shock too. I haven’t really listened to too much Dio-related music though because I just can’t right now, I have too much invested personally into his music that i can’t listen quite yet.

      It’s amazing how a person you’ve never met before can touch your life so deeply just through music…..long live rock’n’roll, long live Ronnie James Dio!

      • Yeah, I listened to most of Live Evil for first time yesterday on the way to work and back. I’m not really in the mood to listen to anything else right now though from him. I’m really not in the mood to listen to any music, I’ve got so much I need to review and listen to for my own enjoyment but I just don’t feel like it. It’s weird to be affected this much but I am.

  5. Shit,

    Ronnie was one of the greatest HM singers of all time. Saw him live ten or 11 times, whenever I had the chance.

    “Rainbow Rising”, “Rainbow on Stage” and “Long Live Rock’n’Roll” were as much part of my life as my first girlfriend, my first beer and … everything else. :/

    I feel old.


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  8. Ronnie foste um dos melhores vocalistas de heavy metal de sempre, tenho o prazer de ter os teus albuns, cd’s e dvd’s e de ouvir a tua belissima voz pelas bandas que passas-te, que a tua alma descanse em paz.

  9. Em portugal tens uma legião de fans muito grande, em que irão aparecer novos vocalistas que devido á sua motivação pela tua maneira de cantar e estar em palco e pelas causas humanitárias que estiveste envolvido como o caso do heard’aid com a tua voz junto com outras no tema “we stars” nos deixam orgulhosos , mais uma vez muito,muito,obrigado ronnie james dio.

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