Metal legend Ronnie James Dio passes away

After several rumours throughout the day, it has been confirmed that Ronnie James Dio has indeed very sadly passed away. Wendy Dio left this statement on his official site:

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.

Dio was most famously vocalist with Rainbow and Black Sabbath, while also crafting some fantastic and influential solo records.

TMF would like to offer its condolences to Wendy Dio and all of Ronnie's friends and family at this difficult time.

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