Ronnie James Dio dies at 67 (1942 – 2010)

Metal legend Ronnie James Dio died early Sunday morning after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. His wife Wendy posted the following message to fans on Ronnie’s official 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.
– Wendy Dio

Jesus. First Frank Frazetta now Dio. If Glenn Danzig dies this week, I’ll be convinced somebody’s murdering off my childhood and doing an incredible job making it look like natural causes. Now someone tell me how to get Lion-O from Thundercats a secret service detail. The White House threatened to rendition me if I keep calling. (Like a black president doesn’t know how to duck a bullet by himself. C’mon.)

Rest in Peace, Ronnie \m/

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