The House of Hair is saddened to report the passing of metal legend Ronnie James Dio today (Sunday, May 16).
Wrote his wife (and manager), Wendy:
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
Dio, 67, was diagnosed with stomach cancer late last year. For many months, he had been traveling from Los Angeles to Houston for chemotherapy treatments. He was interviewed just a few weeks ago and was in positive spirits about his treatments.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and many fans as we reflect on the loss of Ronnie, not only one of heavy metal’s greatest voices (Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell), but one of its nicest people. You can leave your condolence message for Wendy on Ronnie’s Facebook Fan Page.
Keep an eye on the House Of Hair website and be sure to follow us on Twitter @houseofhair for updates, tributes and more information as it becomes available.
The House of Hair wants to do a proper tribute to Ronnie, so we will be collecting your requests, stories, anecdotes and recollections for the next few weeks at houseofhaironline.com for possible inclusion in our upcoming tribute show. If Ronnie James Dio had a special place in your heart, please let us know by sending us your info right here.
We are all shocked and saddened by the loss of one of Metal’s legendary performers. May his music live on forever!
– Dee, Pam, BuzzChic, Marina, Chris and the entire House of Hair Staff.