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In Memory Of Ronnie James Dio

On May 16, 2010, Ronnie James Dio died, after battling against cancer. Metal Hammer published this tribute in issue 206

The world of rock and metal is in mourning. At the time of going to press, Hammer learned that Ronnie James Dio, a legend of our world and one of the greatest singers ever to walk the planet, passed away on May 16 at the age of 67, after losing his battle with the stomach cancer that had been diagnosed last autumn.

In a statement on his website, Ronnie’s wife Wendy wrote the following: “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 press, Hammer learned that to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.” 


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