DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Ronnie James Dio (aged 67)
American singer-songwriter and composer
Ronald James Padavona (July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) known professionally as Ronnie James Dio or simply Dio, was an American heavy metal singer-songwriter and composer. He fronted or founded numerous groups throughout his career, including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio, and Heaven & Hell.
DEATH: In 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancerand underwent treatment at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
On May 4, 2010, Heaven & Hell announced they were canceling all summer dates as a result of Dio’s ill health. His last live performance was with Heaven & Hell on August 29, 2009, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Dio died from the disease on May 16, 2010.