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Rest in Peace Ronnie James Dio
« on: May 16, 10, 09:36:15 pm CDT »

From Heavy Metal journalist and commentator, Eddie Trunk's web blog:

16-May-10RONNIE JAMES DIO, Rest In Peace

5/16/10: This is a blog I truly wish I was not writing. My hands are shaking on the keyboard so excuse the typos. I lost a dear friend today, someone who I loved way beyond just the brilliant music he gave the world for decades. Sadly it has been confirmed that Ronnie James Dio has lost his battle with cancer. In my 27 years in the business I have never met anyone like Ronnie. I am fully aware of people that I deal with, and people that deal with me, because it's the business and what we do, but Ronnie was way beyond that. Nobody ever gave me the public show of support and respect back like Ronnie, and our friendship went way beyond the business. I will never forget the first time I did a TV interview with him. I had done years of radio but when I first started as a host at VH1 Classic doing interviews under the show name "Hangin With..." Ronnie was one of the first to come in. I was wrapping up the interview and thanked him for coming by when he stopped me in mid sentence and said, "no, thank you, more artists should be thanking you because your the real deal and you keep us alive". On camera, out of nowhere, early on in my TV career. That was Ronnie James Dio. One of the classiest, most sincere, real people you could ever know. Sometimes it's hard to find nice things to say about people when they pass, not Ronnie, I could go on forever with similar stories and so can anyone else that had the honor to call him friend. I have memories and stories for a lifetime that I will cherish forever, way to many to get into here, especially in my current state as I type this. Video of the last time I saw Ronnie is on the home page of this site. It was at the Golden Gods in L.A. April 8th of this year. I had asked him to be a guest on TMS a few days earlier. Wendy called me the day before this interview and said he was not well and they were headed to the doctor. You could imagine how thrilled I was to see him on the red carpet for the awards the next day. He told me he had a bad reaction to a treatment but was okay. Needless to say I was hoping the same recovery would happen when news came my way early this morning that he was not well. Tragically it didn't. The man fought this as bravely as anyone could as you can see by how he looks and sounds in the clip. Ronnie and I spoke on the phone when he was first diagnosed privately. It was a great conversation. I always knew how he felt about me and after we spoke he knew how I felt about him. I really need to process this, it is a tough one to say the least. Between Rainbow, Dio and Sabbath his voice was consistently the most heard on my radio shows, and that will never change, the music truly will live on forever and I will see to that on my end for sure. To his fellow fans, friends and family I express my deepest sympathy for your loss and I shed the same tears as all of you today. My radio show this Friday night will be entirely dedicated to the music of Dio. I am working to rearrange some things to do the same for my satellite show tomorrow, however both Triumph and Michael Monroe who were schedule already arranged travel specific to be on. If I can reschedule I will, and tomorrow will be all Dio as well. If not I will still dedicate as much of the show as I can do RJD around the interviews. Either way we will celebrate his music and memory, for the next week or so, and for as long as I do what I do. We have lost a legend. A brilliant musician but way beyond that, and more importantly, one of the classiiest nicest people you could ever hope to know. Rest in peace my friend, you will be missed, but know I and so many more you touched will be sure you are never forgotten through your music and love and friendship you gave us all.
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Re: Rest in Peace Ronnie James Dio
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 10, 09:47:54 pm CDT »

Yeah, I just saw this on another site.
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Re: Rest in Peace Ronnie James Dio
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 10, 04:55:24 am CDT »

 :'( Godspeed RJD...\m/....\m/
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Re: Rest in Peace Ronnie James Dio
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 10, 09:17:38 am CDT »

Rest In Peace.  I think I need to break out my copy of the soundtrack to Heavy Metal and listen to "The Mob Rules" a few hundred times now.
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