Sunday, 16 May 2010 16:33
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Heavy metal circles are abuzz with the sudden and sad news of Ronnie James Dio's passing. Official cause of death was listed as stomach cancer.

According to official news reports, Dio had announced last summer that he was suffering from stomach cancer shortly after wrapping up a tour in Atlantic City, N.J., with Heaven And Hell.
 
Dio was known as the man who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and then led the bands Heaven & Hell and Dio.

Dio was known for his high

 soaring vocals and he led the heavy metal genre with its poetic lyrics and mythic tales of a never-ending struggle between good and evil.

From MSNBC:

"Today my heart is broken," Wendy Dio wrote on the singer's site, adding he died at 7:45 a.m. "Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.

"Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all," Wendy Dio continued. "We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us ... Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever."

The statement was confirmed by Los Angeles publicist Maureen O'Connor. Dio was being treated at a Houston hospital, according to his site.

Though Dio had recently undergone his seventh chemotherapy treatment, he was hopeful to perform again. Earlier this month, Heaven And Hell canceled its summer tour, but Dio did not view being sidelined as a permanent thing.

"Wendy, my doctors and I have worked so hard to make it happen for all of you, the ones we care so much about, that this setback could be devastating, but we will not let it be," he said in a statement. "With your continued love and support, we ... will carry on and thrive. There will be other tours, more music, more life and much more magic."

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