The Metal world is in mourning today after the tragic death of true legend Ronnie James Dio.
Ronnie's wife and manager Wendy Dio posted the following message on Ronnie's official site;
"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."
At 10.00am GMT on Monday 17th May, the page had received 26,159 comments and 14,299 acknowledgements.
Dio was a true legend of metal having sung on three albums that are widely recognised as being Metal Classics, namely Rainbow 'Rising', Black Sabbath's 'Heaven And Hell' and his own band's masterpiece 'Holy Diver'.
And many, many other truly awesome gems graced an amazing career and discography that began way back in 1958 and concluded with Heaven and Hell's 2009 album 'The Devil You Know'.
Ronnie James Dio will never be forgotten and his music will live on forever.
MetalTalk.net salutes a true master and an all time great. Rest In Peace Ronnie James Dio.