Ronnie James Dio 1942 – 2010

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Ronnie James Dio of Heaven and Hell Performing live in concert as part of their "Bible Black Tour" at Charter One Pavilion on Northerly Island Chicago, Illinois - 19.08.09 Mandatory Credit: C.M. Wiggins/WENN.com

Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010), better known as Ronnie James Dio, was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with, amongst others, Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Other musical projects include the collective fundraiser Hear ‘n Aid. He was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in heavy metal.

Dio’s career spanned over five decades, from 1957 to 2010. During this period, and particularly in the 21st century, he received a number of distinctions and awards. He was inducted to the Cortland City Hall of Fame in 2004, and also has a street named after him called Dio Way in Cortland, NY. Classic Rock Magazine awarded Dio with the “Metal Guru Award” at their yearly “Roll Of Honour” awards ceremony in 2006. On January 17, 2007, Dio was inducted into Guitar Center’s Rock Walk of Fame in Hollywood, CA. Dio was named “Best Metal Singer” at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in April 2010 for his work on The Devil You Know, making him the oldest recipient of this award at age 67. He accepted the award in person at what was to be his final public appearance, less than one month before his death.The main stage of Bloodstock Open Air is also named after him in tribute after Heaven and Hell pulled out upon his death.

Dio died at 7:45 am (CDT) on May 16, 2010, of metastasized Stomach Cancer, according to official sources.

RONNIE JAMES DIO Official site

Iron Maiden: It is with huge sadness we hear that Ronnie has lost his battle against stomach cancer, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Wendy and family at this terrible time…..

Ozzy Osbourne: I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. Metal has truly lost one of its greatest voices….

Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister: I’m truly upset, especially since he seemed to be rallying at the Golden Gods show. Bon Voyage, Ronnie. Rest in peace….

More Artists Tribute Ronnie James Dio Including Ozzy, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Michael Anthony, Duff McKagen, Motorhead, Slayer, Slipknot and more

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  1. #1 by 蛙鏡 on October 9, 2010 - 21:44

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  2. #3 by gladly on September 17, 2010 - 13:04

    Rest in peace.. he’s with the maker now

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