Ronnie James Dio, died Sunday at the age of 67 after a battle with stomach cancer.
From Ronnie James Dio.com "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 publicist Maureen O'Connor, who said Dio died in Los Angeles. He had been 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.
Dio rose to stardom in 1975 as the lead singer of Rainbow, he then replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath in 1980.
He also enjoyed a successful solo career with his self-titled band, Dio, which included his hits "Rainbow In The Dark," "The Last In Line" and "Holy Diver."in between his stints with Black Sabbath.
"He possessed one of the greatest voices in all of heavy metal, and had a heart to match it," said Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French, whose band toured with Dio since 1983, and was to do so again this summer at European rock festivals. "He was the nicest, classiest person you would ever want to meet."
In addition to his wife, Dio is survived by son Daniel; grandchildren Julie and Joey; and father Pat.