Metal legend Ronnie James Dio dies at 67
Mr. Dio started his career with the British metal group Rainbow in the 1970s and joined Black Sabbath in 1980. He sang and wrote on the 1980 album "Heaven And Hell," considered by more than a few connoisseurs to be among the best heavy metal albums ever.
He was part of the 1981 follow-up "Mob Rules," about which a Rolling Stone critic wrote:
"After 1980's harder and faster Heaven and Hell, there was reason to believe that singer Ronnie James Dio might pull Black Sabbath off the heavy-metal scrapheap. Didn't happen."
After that less-than-fawning review, he split with Black Sabbath during a feud over the band's 1982 album, "Live Evil," and then had an on-again, off-again relationship with the band. In between stints with Black Sabbath, he led his own band, Dio. Here he sings "Rainbow in the Dark," which was Dio's release and reached #13 on VH1's list of the 40 greatest metal songs.
Wendy Dio, his wife and manager, posted a statement on his website:
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.
More than 10,000 fans have left their condolences on Dio's Facebook page.
May 16, 2010; 4:50 PM ET
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