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Ronnie James Dio Dies

5/17/2010 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronnie James Dio -- who took over as lead singer of Black Sabbath after Ozzy Osbourne left the group -- died today. He was 67.

Dio announced last summer he was battling stomach cancer. According to his website, he had been undergoing treatment at a Houston hospital.

Dio is often credited for popularizing the "devil's horn" hand gesture in metal culture.

His wife Wendy, said on his website, "Today my heart is broken ... 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."

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Patruck    

and yet, somehow ozzy is still alive.

1587 days ago
2.

GabirleS    

Ronnie James DOA

1587 days ago
3.

Crabby    

And yet Keith Richards lives. Life is odd.

1587 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

R I P Ronnie.



1587 days ago
5.

Angea    

One of the greatest singers EVER!! God rest his soul

1587 days ago
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Marc    

WOW. Shame. Holy Diver...Lotsa memeories..R.I.P.

1587 days ago
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Andy Varte    

Rest in Peace Ronnie! I can't believe you're gone. You were the best. Your music will live forever. Awesome voice, awesome personality. Ronnie James Dio and his MONUMENTAL contribution to music will be remembered forever \m/ My heartfelt condolences to Wendy Dio and the family. It's been a sad day.

1587 days ago
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Angela Lavender    

I am sad. I will love his music always...Rock Heaven, Ronnie...

1587 days ago
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Marketing $ociologist    

A great musician and influence on entertainment.

1587 days ago
10.

Simone    

RIP!!!!!!!!!!

1587 days ago
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Ronald RayGun    

RIP to a great rock and roll legend.



Time is standing still
He gave me back my will
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Going home
I'm going home
My eyes are bleeding
And my heart is weeping
We still hope, we still hope, oh
Take me back
He gave me back my will
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Going home
I'm going home
My eyes are bleeding
And my heart is weeping
We still hope, we still hope, oh

1587 days ago
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effminus    

Ronie will be missed. Hell is a little more kick ass today!

1587 days ago
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Jon    

Rest in peace? Are you kidding? The guy was a Satanist.
He was against God all his life and celebrated darkness.
Don't people realize that when We become our own authority We've joined in with Satan?

1587 days ago
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xd    

Proud to say I've seen him in concert. Some great memories. Especially Lisa D. when we were 18 we lost a great friend together and every time I hear Holy Diver it just brings it all back. RIP Dio!

1587 days ago
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xd    

LOL Jon u idiot

1587 days ago
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