R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio

Legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio died yesterday at the age of 67 after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. I found out he was gone when I started receiving a floods texts and phone calls: He was a person with that sort of influence who also deserved that sort of respect. At his website, his wife Wendy Dio writes:

Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes 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.

She asks for a few days of privacy and offers a link where people can leave their condolences. We pass along our condolences as well. As well as a reminder of what made Ronnie James Dio so great:

Throw the horns.

You can read more at the NYTimes blog.