7 years ago, Ronnie James Dio, one of the most prominent heavy metal’s singers, passed away on an early Sunday morning. The late singer has suffered from stomach cancer for less than a year prior to his death at the age of 67.
“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.”
Known for his powerful voice and captivating lyrics, Dio worked with numerous bands throughout the course of his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and, of course, Dio, his own band.
Dio was long known for celebrating the “devil horns” hand gesture that turned into a sign gesture adopted by black metal stars, pop figures, athletes and professional wrestlers. Dio said that the “Malocchio” or “Evil Eye” was inspired by his Italian grandmother.
Ronald James Dio, whowas born in Padavona in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, released his first song with Ronnie & the Red Caps in 1958. Throughout the course of his prominent career, Dio released three studio albums and a live LP with his band.
In November 2009, Dio’s wife and manager Wendy stated that Ronnie suffered from stomach cancer. Moreover, Dio and Hell and Heaven planned to have a summer tour in Europe which was cancelled earlier this month due to Dio’s severe case.
Dio earned an award as the Best Vocalist at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards in Los Anglos.
“Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing onstage,” said Tony Iommi. “He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others. I can honestly say it’s truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years. His music will live on forever. The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional. I’ll miss you so much, my dear friend.”