Ozzy Osbourne Reacts To Ronnie James Dio's Death

In Celebs by KGaz , on Monday, May 17, 2010, 4:25 AM (PDT)
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Ozzy addresses death of succeeding Black Sabbath singer.

Ronnie James Dio was the heavy metal rocker and Black Sabbath singer who passed away on Sunday, May 16. Dio took over Ozzy Osbourne's place at the Black Sabbath microphone in 1979, and on Sunday, Ozzy took to Twitter to share his sentiments on Dio's death.

Ozzy Osbourne's words were characteristically short but endearing on his Twitter account Sunday around three o'clock Sunday afternoon, approximately an hour after news about Ronnie James Dio's death broke. Ozzy said, "Rest in Peace Ronnie." Ozzy's previous tweet had taken place last Thursday, promoting his new song that's set to release on June 22.

Ronnie James Dio sang with the iconic heavy metal band Black Sabbath from the time Ozzy Osbourne took off to pursue his solo music career in 1979. Dio returned for stints with Black Sabbath throughout the 1980's and on Black Sabbath's reunion tour in 2008. Dio, 67, had performed with a handful of other metal bands in his career and is credited with creating the the "horns" sign made by the index and pinky fingers that's now a ubiquitous symbol in heavy metal. Dio was raised in an Italian-American family, and he once explained that the horns -- also called the "Corna" -- were a symbol Dio's grandmother used to ward off the devil when she sensed evil in people she encountered. (Cool fact, right?)

Ronnie James Dio was born Ronald James Padavona on July 10, 1942 in New Hampshire. Dio was raised in Westchester, New York, and was married twice. His second wife, Wendy Dio, acted as her husband's manager and played an instrumental role in announcing Dio's stomach cancer to the public in late 2009. Wendy Dio released this statement last Thanksgiving:

"Ronnie has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer. We are starting treatment immediately at the Mayo Clinic. After he kills this dragon, Ronnie will be back on stage, where he belongs, doing what he loves best, performing for his fans. Long live rock and roll, long live Ronnie James Dio. Thanks to all the friends and fans from all over the world that have sent well wishes. This has really helped to keep his spirit up."

On March 14, 2010, Wendy Dio appeared to be optimistic about Dio's health:

"It has been Ronnie's 7th chemo, another cat scan and another endoscopy, and the results are good -- the main tumour has shrunk considerably, and our visits to Houston (cancer clinic in Texas) are now every three weeks instead of every two weeks."

But after Ronnie James Dio's death on May 16, Wendy Dio posted this: "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."

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Ronnie James Dio had one son, Dan Padavona, from his first marriage. LimeLife wishes our best to Padavona, Wendy Dio, and all of Ronnie James Dio's loved ones -- PopEater has more on Dio's death and career. (Or get our story on Megan Fox's upcoming role as a prostitute.)

And, hey Ozzy? That was really sweet.

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Comments (7)
Posted By kraig (4 years ago)
GOD BLESS, I am truly broken, I spent so many hours on the road in my youth, If it haden't been for him, I mighta crashed n died. His voice will live on. POWER DIO!
Posted By Karen (4 years ago)
Ronnie James Dio was, and is a legend. His songs are so powerful, his voice is that of a god. He will be dearly missed. God bless him and his family. Ronnie James is loved and we are lost.
Posted By Hugo Garcia (4 years ago)
I am deeply sad. Rest in peace DIO.
Posted By Tim Routen (4 years ago)
I grew up listening to Ronnie James Dio. While in high school and on the wrestling team, my song to listen to before I got on the mats was "Holy Diver". I will keep the muisc going on my stero. Rest in Peace.
Posted By darrel yazzie (4 years ago)
legends never die and never will you DIO!!! rest in peace...
Posted By Chris Australia (4 years ago)
Ronnie James Dio....The little man with the big voice!! He is now truely a legend,his music will live on forever just like his spirit. Such a caring, inspiring man full of goodness and wanting to better this world we live in.His crusades for less fortunate people will never be forgotten just like his music and brilliance. How can ignorant people think anything less of him?let alone smearing him and his family during such a hard and sad time??? You Will always have a place in my heart and soul,for you inspired me along with the multitudes of other people you have touched with your music. Rest in peace now Ronnie,your work is done.Chris
Posted By tony martin (1 year ago)
ronnie james dio saved my life more times tjhan i care to countiwill always carry this man in my heart the word LEGEND is NOT enough to begin to describe what he will always be what he is is the best rock/blues/metal voice the world ever will know i hope one day we realise that the best truly is behind us with dio's passing we will all want!! WENDY you were the luckiest of us all you got to have every day with him and if he loved like he rocked you were blessed
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