Heavy rock singer Ronnie James Dio dies at 67
May 16, 2010 by Post Team
He had been suffering from stomach cancer.
Prior to joining Black Sabbath sang on Rainbow – Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple formed when – and later in Heaven and Hell and the self-titled band Dio.
Dio’s wife Wendy paid a loving tribute to her husband on his website, saying: “Today my heart is broken.”
She said her husband had died on Sunday morning.
“Many friends, many of the family could leave private before he died peacefully,” he wrote.
“Please know that you loved everyone and his music will live forever.”
He was being treated at a hospital in Houston, Texas, according to its website.
The declaration of death was confirmed by the Los Angeles publicist Maureen O’Connor, Associated Press reported.
He revealed last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after completing a U.S. tour.
Born Ronald James Padavona an Italian-American family in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Is said to have the idea of changing the name of a gangster named Johnny gave.
Rated as one of the most powerful rock vocalists, who shot to fame in the mid-1970s as lead singer of Rainbow, before replacing Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980.
That same year the band released their ninth studio album, heaven and hell, considered by many fans as one of hard rock records greatest of all time.
Samples included solo Dio Rainbow In The Dark, The Last In Line, Diver and Holy.
“He had one of the great voices of all heavy metals, and had a heart to his height,” Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band used to tour with Dio, told the AP.
Source: BBC News
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