Ronnie James Dio
(July 10, 1942-May 16, 2010)
Ronnie James Dio, born Ronald James Padavona was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is most recognized as the frontman for Dio. Other bands he had fronted or founded were Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Elf & Heaven and Hell. He is also credited with popularizing the “metal horns” that we recognize as a sign for heavy metal and rock music.
His career spanned over 50 years. He has won many distinctions and awards through the years such as “Metal Guru Award, presented by Classic Rock Magazine and “Best Metal Singer at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. In his honor, there has been a monument erected of him in Kavarna, Bulgaria. On January 18, 2017, he was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History.
In 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer. At this time, he was on the road, working with Heaven and Hell. On May 4, 2010, the band cancelled all of the summer shows due to his health issues. His last performance was with the band on August 29, 2009. On May 16, 2010, Dio passed from metastasized stomach cancer. He was 68 years old.