Remembering RONNIE JAMES DIO on One-Year Anniversary of His Death

Legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio, best known for his work with Black Sabbath, Rainbow and his own band Dio, died of stomach cancer one year ago on Monday (May 16) at the age of 67.

A three-minute Artisan News Service report in which Dio’s Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell bandmate Geezer Butler, Ronnie’s cousin David “Rock” Feinstein (both played in ELF) and wife/manager Wendy remember the heavy metal legend can be viewed here.

Butler said that Dio was so special “because he had an incredible voice; he was blessed with it. And he loved his fans. He’d talk to his fans after every show until there was nobody left. He was so genuine.”

Dio was renowned throughout the world as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists in heavy metal history. The singer, who was recording and touring with Sabbath offshoot Heaven & Hell prior to his illness, was diagnosed with stomach cancer in late 2009. He underwent chemotherapy and made what is now his final public appearance in April 2010 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles.

A free public memorial service was held on May 30, 2010 at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles, attended by more than 1,500 fans, friends and fellow musicians.

This past March, it was announced that the surviving members of the final lineup of Dio would embark on a project with former Judas Priest frontman Tim “Ripper” Owens under the name Dio Disciples.

His wife and manager, Wendy Dio, still oversees all projects and releases related to the career and music of her late husband.


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