Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. 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. Wendy
I’m honestly at a loss of words for a change. There are really no words to describe the legend that was (and will remain) Ronnie James Dio and the impact he has had on heavy metal and most subgenres thereof: from fronting three major classic metal acts – including but not limited to Black Sabbath, over popularizing the use of the Devil Horns, to sharing the stage with the likes of Deep Purple.. He is in every aspect a true legend, and now he’s gone.. Which just seems weird.. I mean, I knew he was sick and all, but it isn’t more than a few days since we got the news that he was getting the courage to fight on.. Blah..
Oh, if you ever doubted (or were unaware of) Dio’s true talent, check out this footage of him headlining Wacken Open Air at age 62 six years ago.. I dare you to find another rock star who can sing this well at age 62: