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Ronnie James Dio remembered by Ozzy Osbourne, Slash and more


Hollywoodnews.com: Once upon a time, Ozzy Osbourne was replaced by Ronnie James Dio. Now the iconic singer, and the self-proclaimed “Blizzard of Oz,” has taken to his Web site to pay tribute to Dio, who passed away this weekend.

“Rest in peace Ronnie,” Osbourne wrote, a simple tribute to the rock icon who died Sunday morning.

Ozzy wasn’t alone in honoring Dio, who took over as the head of Black Sabbath after Osbourne was booted for his excessive drinking. MetalUnderground.com collected a few Web site posts and tweets from famous Dio fans, including:

Slash: “Ronnie died at 7:45 a.m. (Sunday) morning, but his music will live for eternity.”

Anthrax: “Dio, Italian for God. Words won’t do the man justice so we won’t even try. Horns up always!”

Sebastian Bach: “Crying right now in remembrance of my hero and friend Ronnie James Dio. Dio died this morning and he was a major, major part of my life. I got to do shows with him and work with him and I loved Dio my whole life. Thanks so much the world has lost one of the best. Your last album was your best. Of course”

Queensryche: “Ronnie James Dio was undoubtedly one of heavy metal’s greatest performers and will continue to influence the world of heavy metal forever. He was certainly a very big influence on Queensryche and along the way became a cherished friend too. We will all miss him greatly, but Ronnie will live on every time we raise our metal horns high! The man on the silver mountain will always be our rainbow in the dark.”

Twisted Sister: “The members of Twisted Sister along with millions of metal fans around the world mourn the death of our friend Ronnie James Dio. Ronnie not only was a giant in the world wide metal scene, but he was also one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. Beginning in 1983 when we first toured with Ronnie in Canada, and continuing over the last 7 years when we played dozens of festivals around the world, Ronnie was one of the most supportive and gracious members of the music community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wendy and Ronnie’s family.”

Dio’s family members have set up a Facebook page for fans who wish to express condolencses. It can be accessed at http://www.ronniejamesdio.com/

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