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Ronnie James Dio
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Dio performing in Chicago in 2009
Born
Ronald James Padavona

(1942-07-10)July 10, 1942
Died May 16, 2010(2010-05-16) (aged 67)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 1957–2010
Home town Cortland, New York, U.S.
Spouse(s)
  • Loretta Beradi (?-?)
  • Wendy Dio (m. 1974–2010)
Children Dan Padavona (adopted)
Musical career
Genres (early)
Instruments
Labels
Associated acts
  • Black Sabbath
  • Dio
  • Elf
  • Hear 'N Aid
  • Heaven & Hell
  • Rainbow
  • Andreas Kisser

Ronnie James Dio (born Ronaldo Giovanni Padovan July 10, 1942 - May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer. His parents were Italian Americans. He performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his own band Dio. He was also part of the band Heaven and Hell (named after Black Sabbath's most famous song), with some of the original Black Sabbath members. Dio was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and raised in Cortland, New York. He starred in the Tenacious D movie, The Pick Of Destiny.

In November 2009, Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which caused his death in Houston, Texas, on May 16, 2010. He was 68.

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