R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio Passes Away

Posted on May 16, 2010 - by Michael Duncan

***UPDATE*** Wendy Dio has confirmed that Ronnie James Dio has passed away!

Rumors of Dio’s death began circulating last night at approximately 11:00PM. Then, May 16, 2:35 a.m. EST, Wendy Dio responded to the initial reports with the following message:

“I am at the hospital and Ronnie has NOT passed away!!!! He is not doing
good, but he is not dead."

“I will let you know if anything changes."

“Thank you for your concern.”

Unfortunately, this morning, Wendy Dio has posted the following statement on Dio's official home page:

"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

Our condolences go out to Dio's friends and family members. \m/ R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio