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Judas Priest's Rob Halford And More Pay Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

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As millions of fans around the world continue to pay their respects to the late, great Ronnie James Dio, who passed away last sunday from stomach cancer, more of his peers and fellow musicians have posted tribute messages online. You can read some more of them below.

Rob Halford (Judas Priest): "Ronnie James Dio’s voice will live forever, and continue to excite and inspire singers around the world. He was a dear friend, and like millions of metalheads I will miss him deeply."

Charlie Benante (Anthrax): "The first time I heard Ronnie James Dio, I thought he was a large person, The voice was so huge. It was Rainbow and he was the singer. I was a fan of his from then on. I followed him with Rainbow, Sabbath, Dio, etc. From 'Man On The Silver Mountain', 'Heaven And Hell', 'Rainbow In The Dark'... the songs are endless. The sound of his voice with those bands was always so perfect. It was his god-given instrument. He was true metal and the creator of the metal hand sign. Thank you for the music. He was divine."

Blaze Bayley (Solo artist, former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane): "Very saddened by the news of the passing of Ronnie James Dio. He was the inspiration for me to start singing and join a metal band after seeing him perform in Birmingham Odeon many many years ago on the Holy Diver tour. My thoughts are with Wendy and the family. On the few occasions I met Ronnie, he was an absolute gentleman, hero and superstar and an example to us all. Thank you, Ronnie, for your wonderful work. Rest in peace."

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1. david lopez writes:

sad,i lost a friend! i see ronnie everytime he comes to corpus christi,TX .during majica tour backstage he told me to stick around and eat with the band! i was shock but not really! he was that kind of guy! the coolest! ill miss you! but will never stop rockin! WE ROCK!!!!!!

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