After various rumors and the cancelation of Heaven & Hell’s summer tourdates, came the news that shocked the entire metal community. The legendary Ronnie James Dio finally lost the battle with cancer that he had been suffering with. The following message was posted on DIO’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”

Our condolences as Staff go to the family, friends and long-time fans and supporters through the world. Ronnie James Dio was a real legend, will be greatly missed but always remembered. Rest in peace.