Seven years ago today, on May 16th, 2010, beloved heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio passed away from his battle with metastasized stomach cancer.
The loss of Dio came as a shock to many rock fans due to the fact that Dio wasn’t diagnosed until late into his illness.
The hard rock and heavy metal singer was known for his time in the bands Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as his own solo band. His records Holy Diver (1983), The Last In Line (1984), Dream Evil (1987), Sacred Heart (1985), and more sealed his place in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. His voice, similar to his legacy, was huge, and his contribution to the rock genre is one that will never be forgotten.
Dio, along with his large voice, was credited with inventing the ‘horns’, explaining in Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey (2005):
“I would see my grandmother, when I was a little kid, holding her hand, walking down the street, she would see someone and make the devil horns. I learned it was called the malocchi. Someone was giving us the evil eye, so with the horns my grandmother was giving us protection from the evil eye. So, did I invent it? No, but perfect it and make it important? Yes, because I did it so much, especially in the confines of Sabbath.”
The last appearance Dio made in the public eye was at the Golden God Awards on April 8th, 2010. He had stated in an interview from the team at Artisan News Service his intention to beat his illness,
“If you’re determined to beat it than you have to with what you believe to be [his treatment] for you. I go to a great hospital in Houston which is called M.D. Andersen, which I think is the best hospital in the world. I have the best doctor in the world who I really trust and really believe in. So I think I’ve done all the right things. It makes me feel positive about my life and positive that there’s a lot more of it to live.”
On the 4th May in 2010, a statement was released by Dio and his team stating,
“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.”
Sadly, only 12 days after this statement, Ronnie James Dio passed away.
A lot of fans say that one of the most upsetting facts about Dio’s death was how preventable it was. It was said that Dio hadn’t gone for a colonoscopy in over a decade, which ultimately led to the findings of his cancer too late; when he was already stage four. If the loss of Dio showed fans anything, it’s to go get regularly checked by your doctor to ensure both your health and your life.
Dio’s music and his legacy will truly live on forever. In both the hearts of fans since the very beginning, and new rock fans that are appearing every single day. You can pay respects to Ronnie at his final resting place in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.
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