rushonrock joins the world of rock and metal tonight in mourning the death of one of our all-time favourite frontmen – the magnificent Ronnie James Dio.

Rumours were rife all weekend that the Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell singer was close to losing his battle against stomach cancer.

And today Dio’s wife Wendy released the following statement: “Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. [on Sunday] 16th May. 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. 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.”