Dio is dead

Former Black Sabbath and Dio fontman Ronnie James Dio has died at the age of 67. The heavy metal legend died yesterday morning from the stomach cancer he had been diagnosed with last November. The singer had looked like he was going to recover initially, but in the end the disease took too strong a hold and he died at M.D. Anderson in Houston, where he was being treated.

‘Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May,’ said his wife Wendy Dio on his official site. ‘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.’

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