Despite denial of rumors late last night, Ronnie James Dio passed away today at age 67. This was confirmed by wife and manager, Wendy Dio, who has posted this statement on Dio's official home page:
"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
Reports started to surface in late 2009 that the metal legend was diagnosed with stomach cancer. It seemed things were looking well, with Ronnie James Dio even appearing at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards last month to accept the award for best vocalist. The cause of death has yet to be officially announced, but one thing we're positive of is that the metal community has lost a true legend today. This is an absolute bummer to report, and on behalf of everyone at Metal Injection we'd like to send our condolences to his family and friends at this time.
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