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Ronnie James Dio passed away - wife and bands statements

Yesterday (May 16 , 2010) , we have all heard the sad news about Ronnie James Dio , who died of a stomach cancer . His wife , Wendy Dio , has released the following statement :

"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. "

Here are a few statements from bands and artists :

Twisted Sister : "Ronnie not only was a giant in the worldwide metal scene, but he was also one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet.
Ronnie was one of the most supportive and gracious members of the music community. "

Nicola Van Dyk / Redemption : "I lost a musical hero today, and the news has hit me harder than I thought it would.
The world of heavy metal has lost its voice."

Shawn Drover / Megadeth : "I am at an absolute loss right now upon hearing that Ronnie has passed away .
I swear to you he is one of the nicest human beings I have ever met .
If you are lucky enough in your lifetime to actually meet one of your idols (let alone tour with them) and they turn out to be even nicer than you could have envisioned, that is something you would truly treasure. Lucky for me, I will cherish those memories forever."

Ralph Santolla / Obituary : "There's not a person in metal today that doesn't owe something to Ronnie James Dio.
He seemed to treat everyone he encountered as an equal, but few are his equals.
Rest in peace, and God bless you."

Judas Priest : "Ronnie was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed ."

Kiss : "We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio. In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him. We will miss him."

Robb Flynn / Machine Head : "He was a powerhouse singer. Incredible tone, and grit. His voice onstage was FUCKING LOUD!! Shockingly loud!! We were lucky enough to watch from side stage almost nightly, and all of us were blown away by how loud his voice was. [...]
Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you've done for music, Ronnie."

Into Eternity : "I'm still taking in the fact that we have lost yet ANOTHER timeless metal musician. R.I.P., Ronnie James Dio. A life that was lived to the fullest and also influenced thousands and thousands of musicians .
"Cancer is a battle for many people these days; the world is losing many talented,loving and wonderful people. Do what you can to prevent and/or help find a cure.
Stay healthy, my friends!"

Wolf: "We are very sad this day. We have lost THE greatest, most powerful and biggest voice in hard rock and metal. For WOLF, Ronnie James Dio, was/is a great inspiration and we will always keep his voice alive listening to his music. We all met him on several occations and he was always very nice and took the time to chat about music and the world.
You will be sadly missed. May your music live on and on forever."

Joe Di Taranto / Warmachine : "I am devasted to learn that Ronnie James Dio has passed.
The world has lost a true legend and pioneer.
I could not believe it. Ronnie James Dio, the legend, my idol and one of my biggest childhood inspirations, knew who I was .
I will always be greatful to Ronnie for his time, his hugs and, of course, his amazing music.
You will be sorely missed, Ronnie...
Long live the King of Rock N Roll!"

Iron Maiden: "It is with huge sadness we hear that Ronnie has lost his battle against stomach cancer, and our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Wendy and family at this terrible time.
Ronnie was not only an incredibly gifted singer but also a wonderfully warm, intelligent and generous person and this shone through both on and off stage leaving a positive mark on everyone he came into contact with. The world has lost an irreplaceable talent and, first and foremost, one of the finest human beings you could ever wish to meet."

R.I.P , Ronnie James Dio .


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published on May 17, 2010 at 11:39 by Zandra
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