Ronnie James Dio Not Dead, Despite Rumors (Updated)
Reports began to circulate online late Saturday, May 16th, that Ronnie James Dio of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, etc. fame had passed away at the age of 67. Most recently Dio has been battling stomach cancer, undergoing numerous bouts of chemo for it.
Despite these reports, Dio, while in poor health, is still alive according to his wife and manager, Wendy Dio. She recently took to Dio‘s official Twitter account with the following message:
“”Don’t believe the rumors, Ronnie is still hanging in there!!!” Hugs, Wendy Dio”
His worsening health in recent months forced Heaven & Hell to recently cancel their summer touring plans.
Caught in the confusion of the news spreading throughout Twitter, various rock luminaries began posting tributes to Dio. Some of which are featured below:
Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):
“Rip Ronnie James Dio. One of rock’s greatest singers. Cranking Mob Rules in his memory. Thanks Ronnie for rocking me like crazy.”
Mick Mars (Motley Crue):
“R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio. You will be sorely missed. You’ll always live on through the years of music you have given to us all.”