Ozzy Osbourne Reacts To Ronnie James Dio's Death
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.".
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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