American heavy metal vocalist and songwriter whose career spanned six decades from 1957 to 2010 and who became known as one of the most powerful and unique voices in rock music, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Ronnie performed with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell and his own band Dio. He was widely hailed as one of the most powerful singers in Heavy Metal, renowned for his consistent powerful voice and for popularizing the "Devil's Horns" hand gesture in metal culture. Ronnie was awarded the "Metal Guru Award" in 2006 by Classic Rock Magazine, was inducted into the Guitar Center's Rock Walk of Fame in 2007 in Hollywood and was named "Best Metal Singer" at the Revolver Golden Gods awards this past April 2010. A Public Memorial Service for Ronnie will held on Sunday, May 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM in the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles, California, 90068. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries. (800)204-3131
Published online on May 20, 2010 courtesy of Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries .