The Holy Diver has passed.
After an earlier post that was later confirmed to be inaccurate, the inevitable happened. The great Dio has died after a battle with stomach cancer. Who knew, the guy was from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Just down the road.
You don't have to be a fan of the theatrics, you may not have even liked his bands (though to dis the mighty Sabbath, along with Rainbow and Dio is musical heresy if you ask me), but you cannot deny the man's impact on metal and rock in general. He was one of the great vocalists of the past decades, and a real pioneer in the creation and identity of an entire genre.
Ozzy may be better known, but Dio was by far the better vocalist, and will definitely be missed.