What started as a rumour on twitter and various websites has now actually happened. Earlier in the day/night it was denied by Wendy Dio, stating that Ronnie James Dio was "still hanging in there", but a few moments ago the official Ronnie James Dio website posted the following statement:

"Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. [on Sunday] 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away."

The news is spreading as wildfire, the official Dio website might be down due to too much traffic.


Our condolences go out to the family, friends and fans of Ronnie James Dio. Rest in peace.

- The Metal Storm Staff




Source: ronniejamesdio.com
Band profile: Dio
 
Posted: 17.05.2010 by Lucas



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Metal Maiden - 18.05.2010 at 01:21  
Written by Deadmeat on 18.05.2010 at 01:02

Written by magatouve on 18.05.2010 at 00:21

I see your point but such comments are not necessarily out of lack of respect. People normally like to see musicians and singers they respect on stage. This is the only place where we meet and interact with them. We don't normally meet those people in real life, so we feel sorry that they died before seeing them performing because simply there is virtually no other place to meet them...

yeah but when someone dies you cannot feel sad that you wont see him live more than feeling sad cause he's dead..


I will see Dio live...I'm just gonna have to wait a little longer than anticipated...

Stop arguing semantics - of course eveybody's sad because he's dead...The right word for not being able to see him anymore is regret...Nobody meant disrespect...
tea[m]ster - 18.05.2010 at 01:23  
Great musician, better man...I loved his interviews. Some people I can't stand listening to...others I can listen to for hours...he was one of them.
Krix - 18.05.2010 at 03:16  
R.I.P.
wh1te603 - 18.05.2010 at 05:50  
RIP Dio, m/
Opethian - 18.05.2010 at 06:05  
Written by tea[m]ster on 18.05.2010 at 01:23

Great musician, better man...I loved his interviews. Some people I can't stand listening to...others I could listen to for hours...he was one of them.


i agree with you on that one sir !
rps - 18.05.2010 at 06:31  
We believed we'd catch the rainbow
Ride the wind to the sun
Sail away on ships of wonder

But life's not a wheel
With chains made of steel
So bless me

R.I.P. Dio
Juancarg - 18.05.2010 at 07:11  
After a long fight, nothing better than going to sleep and rest. I hope your dream be sweeter than your voice.
Mehrdad89 - 18.05.2010 at 09:37  
RIP Dio,One of the greatest vocalist and humans
pianoman220 - 18.05.2010 at 11:25  
Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lWFuGKr5lQ

here is my tribute to Dio, done on piano!
animal - 18.05.2010 at 12:55  
Terrible, terrible news.

RIP Ronnie James Dio. You will truly be missed but your music and your legend will live on forever!! LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL!!!!
BloodTears - 18.05.2010 at 14:11  
All I can say is that I'm sad. I really didn't listen to much of Dio's bands but I always liked his voice and thought he always had something positive to say about metal, encouraging new people to listen to metal. He was respected and I respected him for that attitude. And his message was one of union and appreciation for metal. And as far as I know, Dio introduced the metal horns, I saw that in an interview with him, something that would become a metal symbol.
marinBG - 18.05.2010 at 14:26  
R.I.P.!

I actually never really liked his music, but my respect for him is enourmoust non-the-less! This is a man, who has earned his immortality in the hearts of the metalheads no matter what!
Krankheit - 18.05.2010 at 15:42  
Rest in peace Dio
nilzardo - 18.05.2010 at 18:04  
Man oh man
kaymanklynman - 18.05.2010 at 18:05  
Long live Dio in our minds , For you i am NOW looking to the star and listening STARGAZER ( bEST SONG OF ALL TIME)
sarsippius67 - 18.05.2010 at 18:50  
VIDEO - Ronnie's Final Performance
w/Heaven & Hell
8/29/2009 - House of Blues, Atlantic City

Mob Rules (partial)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM16MYfRBVI

Die Young
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q41NOVVyqS0

I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKtx0-atuEg
Captinblueballs1 - 18.05.2010 at 19:28  
To the creator of the metal horns! You will be missed!
akisnm156 - 18.05.2010 at 21:52  
R.I.P. Ronnie
Amazing voice!!
Great Little Man............:cry:
MetallicA - 19.05.2010 at 00:04  
RIP Dio!

I'm glad I got to see him just once. I hope he's in a better place cause I know cancer sucks.

O Sinistron - 19.05.2010 at 07:02  
Dio R.I.P..
Opethian - 19.05.2010 at 08:38  
Why couldnt it have been Fred Durst instead ? ..
Hermann Langke - 19.05.2010 at 10:47  
Tum sada Swarg mein khushali se raho
JohnDoe - 19.05.2010 at 15:06  
Written by Opethian on 19.05.2010 at 08:38

Why couldnt it have been Fred Durst instead ? ..


how can one wish for someone to die? Just because you dislike Fred Durst music?

Rest in peace Ronnie James Dio. Thank you for the music!
kea - 19.05.2010 at 21:25  
R.I.P. Dio
Darrek - 19.05.2010 at 21:49  
His memory and legacy will live on
Yossarian - 19.05.2010 at 22:33  
Just Fuck...A little big man. I grew up in music with his music and will always remember him... RIP Dio... and of course some horns: :banger2::metal:
AAAdiee FilTH - 20.05.2010 at 08:17  
"MISGUIDED MORTALS YOU'LL BURN WITH ME"

WE MISS YOU DIO:((((((((((((((((((((((((((((
In_tallica - 20.05.2010 at 13:47  
So the guy died at 67....which means he must have been about 40 years old when "Holy Diver" was recorded...man, i guess you're never to old to rock!

R.I.P. Dio and keep rocking
animal - 21.05.2010 at 07:49  
Hang onto yourselves;

Quote:


http://www.godhatesfags.com/written/fliers/20100520_Ronnie-James-Dio-Funeral.pdf



Westboro Baptist Church
(WBC Chronicles -- Since 1955)
3701 S.W. 12th St. Topeka, Ks. 66604 785-273-0325 www.GodHatesFags.com
Religious Opinion & Bible Commentary on Current Events
Thursday, May 20, 2010
NEWS RELEASE
WBC TO PICKET FUNERAL OF RONNIE JAMES DIO AT THE HALL OF LIBERTY, 6300 FOREST LAWN DRIVE, LOS ANGELES, CA, SUN., MAY 30, FROM 1:15 - 2:00 PM
This rebel had a God-given platform - for decades - which he should have utilized to publish the truth of God. Instead, he used that platform - for decades - to teach rebellion against God, in the form glorifying atheism, promoting the devil horn hand sign & other such idolatries. Now he has been cut off by an Angry God & cast into hell.
"And the rest of the men …repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries (meaning druggie, which he was), nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." Revelation 9:20-21.
The arrogant God-hating fool changed his name from Padavona to Dio (meaning "God" in Italian). His Black Sabbath fans worshipped him as a god. He stood idly by & watched his niece, Gen Padavona, become a filthy porn star. God's promises are true, including his promise to punish the wicked forever. Thank God for dead brute Dio!
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels," Matthew 25:41.
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good." Psalm 53:1.
Check out our newest blog to see the results of foolish & arrogant Dio's rebellion: www.bit.ly/GodSmacks



As pissed off as I am about this, I can't say I'm surprised. We really need to get Varg Vikernes to pay this church a "visit".
Luminarc - 21.05.2010 at 11:23  
"There's a lot more music to make."

- Dio, in one of his last interviews

True, my friend. Rest in peace.
The Shape 1973 - 21.05.2010 at 17:14  
"Sing me a song you're a singer"

Goodbye, you brought me to metal, thank you.
JohnDoe - 21.05.2010 at 18:52  
Written by animal on 21.05.2010 at 07:49

Hang onto yourselves;

Quote:


http://www.godhatesfags.com/written/fliers/20100520_Ronnie-James-Dio-Funeral.pdf



Westboro Baptist Church
(WBC Chronicles -- Since 1955)
3701 S.W. 12th St. Topeka, Ks. 66604 785-273-0325 www.GodHatesFags.com
Religious Opinion & Bible Commentary on Current Events
Thursday, May 20, 2010
NEWS RELEASE
WBC TO PICKET FUNERAL OF RONNIE JAMES DIO AT THE HALL OF LIBERTY, 6300 FOREST LAWN DRIVE, LOS ANGELES, CA, SUN., MAY 30, FROM 1:15 - 2:00 PM
This rebel had a God-given platform - for decades - which he should have utilized to publish the truth of God. Instead, he used that platform - for decades - to teach rebellion against God, in the form glorifying atheism, promoting the devil horn hand sign & other such idolatries. Now he has been cut off by an Angry God & cast into hell.
"And the rest of the men …repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries (meaning druggie, which he was), nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." Revelation 9:20-21.
The arrogant God-hating fool changed his name from Padavona to Dio (meaning "God" in Italian). His Black Sabbath fans worshipped him as a god. He stood idly by & watched his niece, Gen Padavona, become a filthy porn star. God's promises are true, including his promise to punish the wicked forever. Thank God for dead brute Dio!
"Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels," Matthew 25:41.
"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good." Psalm 53:1.
Check out our newest blog to see the results of foolish & arrogant Dio's rebellion: www.bit.ly/GodSmacks



As pissed off as I am about this, I can't say I'm surprised. We really need to get Varg Vikernes to pay this church a "visit".


wow, so the person who wrote this says he or she is a Christian? Really? Cos God doesn't hate anyone. Or at least the god I believe in is more merciful than vengefull. But that's what organize faith does. And that's why i hardly ever go to church. I don't need an institution to believe in God.

A man has passed away. Pay some respect or zip it.
Kap'N Korrupt - 21.05.2010 at 19:55  
Can't we just round up all of these people, stick them in a gas chamber and gas them? Because its got to the point where some immediate action needs to be taken towards their annihilation...and fast...
JohnDoe - 21.05.2010 at 20:13  
Written by Guest on 21.05.2010 at 19:55

Can't we just round up all of these people, stick them in a gas chamber and gas them? Because its got to the point where some immediate action needs to be taken towards their annihilation...and fast...


aahhh... let's not get mad, it's not worth it, for what? for a bunch of hypocrites? anyone who claims belief in God and spreads anger and hatred is the worst hypocrite (IMO).
Kap'N Korrupt - 21.05.2010 at 21:33  
@JohnDoe: I know, I know...but do they really honestly have to get involved in the passing of Dio? Why can't these people just leave well enough alone instead of making themselves look stupid...
JohnDoe - 21.05.2010 at 21:39  
Written by Guest on 21.05.2010 at 21:33

@JohnDoe: I know, I know...but do they really honestly have to get involved in the passing of Dio? Why can't these people just leave well enough alone instead of making themselves look stupid...


that just shows what kind of people they are: narrow minded and vengeful.
Kap'N Korrupt - 21.05.2010 at 21:43  
Their God will just punish them to Hell for hating so much is all...
JohnDoe - 21.05.2010 at 21:56  
@ K'n'K: You are definitely right. I believe it's sympathy one must have for someone who died and the family left behind, not hatred and spite. So they are going to pay for what they are doing.
Mr. Doctor - 22.05.2010 at 01:56  
I can't imagine metalheads being polite towards those...... people. The WBC seems to have some balls since they dare to pick on a metal legend and thinking that they won't get anything back.

Those kinds of people make me sick, I'm glad that I've never seen such people in my entire life.
Uirapuru - 22.05.2010 at 02:15  
Man... that church text was hilarious.

It's practically a statement of religious institution's stupidity... not that they need more actions to comprove this stupidity, but it is always nice to have more reasons not to take them seriously.
Ph0eNiX - 25.05.2010 at 05:48  
ErnilEnNaur - 25.05.2010 at 11:13  
As Blind Guardian once said: He truly deserves to be called the king of kings. Rest in Peace, lord of Metal.
Deathic - 27.05.2010 at 10:38  
Dio Never Die in My Heart

R.I.P

We Rock !!!!!!!!!!
BitterCOld - 28.05.2010 at 03:17  
Fyi, that "church" is a deranged minister and his family... dude has a bunch of children, 45 or so grandkids, and 7 great grandkids.

they have been protesting military funerals as well, as God apparently allowed 9/11 to happen because we don't treat homosexuals like Iran does.

basically, it's a group of 100 or so genetic defectives lead by an asshat that probably is having trouble coming to grips that he is a closet case.

no one takes them seriously. no one likes them.

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