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Motorhead's Lemmy, Slayer's Kerry King And More Pay Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

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As the world mourns the loss of Ronnie James Dio, the brilliant heavy metal singer who worked with the likes of Black Sabbath, Rainbow and his own, self-titled band, more of his peers have posted messages online as a tribute. You can read some more below.

Lemmy (Motorhead): "I'm truly upset, especially since he seemed to be rallying at the Golden Gods show. Bon Voyage, Ronnie. Rest in peace. I'm devastated."

Jeff Waters (Annihilator): "He was a super nice person, uniquely talented and has left us all with great music. In a way, it will strange to live and work in a world and business where RJD is no longer on tour, at the festivals, putting out his music. You will never be forgotten and will live on in the music of so many others. Stand up and shout."

Steve Vai: "Dio was a shining light of rock/metal authenticity. He was a completely dedicated artist with massive talent. It's likely that his vital contributions will continue to inspire well into the future. He is now legend. But more than all this, Ronnie was a really cool guy. I mean reeeally cool. God bless you, brutha."

Kerry King (Slayer): "Few people have had the ability to carry a song like Dio, literally demanding your attention as he effortlessly recreated live the amazing things he did on record. It's odd how things get taken from you quickly...I just saw him a month ago. I know I was lucky to have known Ronnie. One of the nicest guys in the business, without a doubt. He will be hugely missed."

Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth): "I just wanted to write a note about Ronnie James Dio and how much I will miss him.

"Ronnie was the most genuine person I've ever met in the music industry. I think we've all had run-ins with our childhood heroes, and sometimes it can be a disappointing experience. This was definitely not the case with Ronnie, he was a wise, kind, and special person, and a dear friend that will be greatly missed.

"Rest in peace brother, your spirit and music will continue to inspire generations to come."

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