It is with great sadness that we report the passing of legendary singer RONNIE JAMES DIO (BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, RAINBOW) who lost his battle with stomach cancer today at the age of 67. His wife/manager Wendy Dio has updated the Dio website with the following:
"Today (May 16th) my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am. 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."
Rumors began circulating last night that Dio had died in the hospital with wife Wendy by his side. They were later dismissed when Wendy stated that although he wasn't doing well, he was not dead. Then word came down this afternoon that Dio had passed away this morning from stomach cancer at the hospital where he was being treated.