Ronnie James Dio 7/10/42 – 5/16/10. Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Ronnie was a rock and roll legend known for his vocals and songwriting. He's been in several heavy metal bands including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, and his own band Dio. Ronnie was also the guy who made the heavy metal "horns" popular. He died after a courageous battle with stomach cancer. Ronnie was 67 years old.
It was a shock to hear of Ronnie's death, I had heard he was improving. This was definitely a huge loss for many of us, Ronnie was special, an icon. A good guy. A unique voice that will always be recognizable. I could feel a wave of grief wash across the world as each fan heard the news. Thank you, Ronnie, for making heavy metal awesome. You will be missed.