Monday, May 16, 2011

Rest In Peace Ronnie James Dio

July 10, 1942 - May 16, 2010

One year ago today, Ronnie James Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer after a long epic fight that he appeared to be winning. Dio had a long and storied history as a vocalist, first becoming well known with the band "Elf" - then moved on to achieve true fame as the lead singer of Rainbow. After Rainbow, Dio joined the legendary metal pioneers Black Sabbath for two albums before forming his own band "Dio". In 1992, Dio reunited with Black Sabbath for another album before returning to his own band. Finally, in 2005, Dio reunited with his fellow Black Sabbath bandmates under the name "Heaven and Hell" for several tours and a new album in 2009- "The Devil You Know." Dio returned to his own band to begin work on their next album, Magica II - completing the track "Electra" before being diagnosed with cancer.

After several rounds of difficult chemotherapy, Dio appeared to be on the road to recovery, on his feet, and in great spirits. Plans began to complete Magica II, and continue touring with Heaven and Hell. Dio's final public appearance was at the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards to receive the Vocalist of the Year award. There he expressed how grateful he was for his progress so far, and showed a defiant determination to defeat this terrible disease and get back to doing what he loved most- making great music. At the age of 67, Dio was the oldest person ever so honored.

Unfortunately, a sudden relapse would claim his life only a few weeks later. Dio is remembered as one of Metal's most influential vocalists and songwriters. He is also remembered as "the nicest guy in the music industry" - always there to meet the fans no matter how busy, and able to instantly befriend anyone he met.

Dio is survived by his wife Wendy, who now works tirelessly to promote the Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund to support early detection and preventative care for cancer victims. Donations can be made through Dio's official website for this worthy cause.


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