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UPDATED: Ronnie James Dio’s Wife Responds To Rumors: ‘Ronnie has NOT passed away!’
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ronnie james dio[UPDATED: Rock Legend Ronnie James Dio Has Died; he passed on Sunday, May 16, 2010 in the morning.]

Rumors began spreading across the Internet last night (Saturday, May 15) that rock singer Ronnie James Dio had died early that day.

Many sites were picking up the story and reporting the rumor as fact, and Twitter and Facebook is all a buzz about this, despite the lack of attribution or official statement.

Since the rumor appeared online — leading to several revisions to Dio’s Wikipedia entry, the singer’s official site has been flooded with traffic, bringing it down (it was still down at the time of this posting).

Blabbermouth contacted Dio’s wife and manager Wendy Dio to respond to the rumors. Wendy Dio, who said she was at the hospital with her husband, responded that while the singer was not doing well, he is NOT dead.

“I am at the hospital and Ronnie has NOT passed away!!!! He is not doing good, but he is not dead.

“I will let you know if anything changes.

“Thank you for your concern.”

The singer had been diagnosed with stomach cancer last November and has been undergoing treatment for the illness [read Rock Legend Ronnie James Dio Diagnosed With Stomach Cancer]. Because of his health, his band Heaven & Hell (the renamed Black Sabbath) canceled their plans to tour Europe this summer.

Dio’s cancer had been caught in its early stages, and in March, his wife posted online that after seven chemotherapy treatments and various tests, Dio’s tumor had shrunk down a lot and that his visits to a cancer clinic in Houston, TX, had decreased from every two weeks to every three weeks.

Judging by his wife’s statement today that “he is not doing well,” it seems Dio has taken a turn for the worse, even though his health seemed to be improving a few months ago.

All of us here at Geeks of Doom are relieved to know that the 67-year-old rock legend has not passed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him that he will recover from whatever setback he’s going through right now. There’s a lot of people all over the world pulling for him and all of us fans aren’t ready to let him go just yet. We hope he isn’t ready to go either.

8 Comments »

  1. Life’s not a wheel.. with chains made of steel.. so bless me! I will! GOD BLESS RONNIE JAMES DIO! I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT FOR RONNIE. THANK YOU FOR THE MAJIC YOU HAVE GIVEN ME AND MY FAMILY! I ONLY PRAY AND WISH FOR ANY MAJIC I HAVE BE CAST UPON YOU! PLEASE GOD!! HELP HIM!!! john patton san diego

    Comment by John Patton — May 16, 2010 @ 3:15 am

  2. Wishing nothing but the best for Ronnie. His disease is a horrible one, but he can beat it. Ronnie is a great man. Best wishes to Ronnie and Wendy Dio. \m/ \m/

    Comment by Patrick Collier — May 16, 2010 @ 6:26 am

  3. Well, I guess now is the time for an update. The ronnie james dio website now admits that he has passed. He will be missed.

    Comment by Smash — May 16, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

  4. My father fought hard with stomach cancer…he survived 18 months and was told three times he was in remission…my best wishes are with you, stomach cancer is no joke.

    Comment by mandie — May 16, 2010 @ 7:04 pm

  5. Oh I am so terribly sad…regardless. My ultimate hero of all time…I am a cancer survivor….I am sending all the positive thoughts I can muster to you and your family, Ronnie

    Comment by mary anne enriquez — May 16, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  6. Im an old rocker but wish to send my thoughts and prayers to Ronnie. I so love his music and wish the family the best.

    Comment by Larry Swain — May 16, 2010 @ 7:06 pm

  7. GONE BEFOR I GOT TO KNOW YOU. MY HEART GOES OUT TO WINDY…XXXXXXXX..THOSE ARE HUGS!I KNOW YOURE GETTING MANY. SAVE THESE FOR WHEN YOUR BY YOUR SELF IN NEED OF SOME.

    Comment by KENEEN — May 16, 2010 @ 7:41 pm

  8. Ok, seriously this makes me want to cry. The last thing i heard about him was that he was doing better. I hadnt heard anything about him for a while so i thought he beat it. Man this sucks, we all love you dio \m/ \m/

    Comment by Mansquito14 — May 17, 2010 @ 10:07 am

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