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THRALL WORLD Obituary: R.I.P. RONNIE JAMES DIO 07.10.42 – 05.16.10

May 17, 2010

R.I.P. RONNIE JAMES DIO: 07.10.42 - 05.16.10


Source: RonnieJamesDio.com, Wikipedia.org

From RonnieJamesDio.com:

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 Dio

From wikipedia:

Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter. He performed with 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, renowned for his consistently powerful voice and for popularizing the “devil’s horns” hand gesture in metal culture.

He was collaborating on a project with former Black Sabbath bandmates Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, under the moniker Heaven & Hell, whose first and only studio album, The Devil You Know, was released on April 28, 2009.

He died of stomach cancer aged 67.

Read more HERE.

Definitely one of the coolest voices ever.



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2 comments

  1. […] metal fans. April saw the loss of PETER STEELE to heart failure, then just about a week ago metal vocal legand RONNIE JAMES DIO passed after a brief but hard fought battle with stomach cancer. Now comes this report from Des MOines: Urbandale police are investigating the death of […]


  2. ” popularizing the “devil’s horns” hand gesture in metal culture “.

    I understand this is a tribute to the loss of a Man and Musicians life, and I respect that. But he did not popularize this gesture nor was it ” devils horns ” it represented. Gene Simmons also has proclaimed he was the first to invent and use this jester. Well it was neither.

    The photo of Lennon giving the sign appeared in one of the first BEATLES pictures in which the band promoted the upcoming “Yellow Submarine” animated movie. Since the BEATLES changed appearance often and were one of the most photographed icons of the ’60s, it is possible to date the photo between June and October of ’67. “Yellow Submarine” was being animated between ’67 & ’68, so the cartoon image of John flashing the heavy metal sign can also be verified date-wise. Although the film “Yellow Submarine” was released in 1968, the vinyl album (on which one can clearly see Lennon displaying the sign) was not released in the U.S. until 1969. But that is still years before Ronnie James Dio or Gene Simmons.

    And believe me John Lennon was not into the Devil.



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