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
Every year has their list of people who you hate to see go, but less than a week after we lose Frank Frazetta, Dio's gone too? This is rotten, guys.
The cancer has won the battle... but it could never win the war. The cancer in his stomach will lose its sustenance when Ronnie's earthly form turns to dust, and it'll disintegrate into nothingness. Dio's spirit, be it his soul in heaven, his essence in the peaceful oblivion beyond death, or simply his legacy in the world of Metal and Rock, will persist as long as there's someone else alive to remember him. I salute him.
The Holy Diver dives no more. He ascends on a Rainbow in the Dark, & he's Hungry for Heaven.