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Geezer recalls Dio’s Final Moments

Posted by spritzophrenia on May 20, 2010

Ronnie James Dio died on Saturday from stomach cancer – rest in peace. If, like me, you’re a classic metal fan you’ll know this tiny man was the acclaimed singer for Black Sabbath (post Ozzy) and various other bands including the eponymous “Dio”. Check him out performing with Black Sabbath.

Sabbath’s Geezer Butler has recalled his final moments with friend and band mate Ronnie who he calls “more than a friend (or) band mate.”

In a touching statement, Butler recalls visiting the star in his final hours with Dio’s wife, Wendy, and a huge group of pals.

He writes, “There was no mistaking Ronnie’s room. There were around 25 to 30 friends outside his room. We knew the end was imminent. We all wanted to say our goodbyes. It was a day filled with tears and reflection.

“In the evening, the chaplain came, and we all gathered around Ronnie’s bed and prayed. Ronnie wasn’t going easily. At 11 p.m., most of us left, leaving Wendy her privacy to say her last farewell. The devastation was palpable.”

He concludes his tribute by thanking Dio “for the wonderful memories.”

Geezer (left) and Ronnie James Dio (right)

Given that Dio (and Sabbath) have been accused of devil worship by christians for years (untrue, as any bio of Sabbath will tell you) I note the prayers and the presence of a chaplain at his bedside.

Dio was 67. He had a good innings, really, and we’re gonna have a whole bunch of old rockers filling our obituaries in the next 20 years. We’ve already lost two Beatles, and two original members of Pink Floyd among many. I don’t think Michael Jackson was “old” yet at 50, but there are the Stones, Bob Dylan and many more for those who want to make morbid lists.


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