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  • Author Existence Failure: Unfortunately. The sadness factor of Dio's death is brought Up to Eleven when you discover that just about 12 hours before he did die, a rumor got out that he was gone. His wife said he was hanging in there — not doing good, but alive. This was at about 3:00 AM, May 16th. Flash forward 4 hours, 45 minutes...
  • Black Sheep Hit: "Rainbow in the Dark" is one of his most well-known solo songs, but after recording it, Dio thought that it sounded too "pop", and would have destroyed the tape, if the other band members had not talked him out of it. He later warmed a bit up to the song, eventually using it as one of his signature songs.
  • Creative Differences: His animosity towards Ritchie Blackmore was legendary due to their highly adversarial relationship while Dio was in Rainbow.
    • It also probably wasn't a good idea to get him started on Viv Campbell.
  • Name's the Same: When a Dutch rapper named Dio (real name Diorno Braaf) headlined the Zomerpop music festival, Ronnie James Dio's management issued a statement saying that it was not the metal band. "It has come to our attention that a band calling themselves DIO are advertised in Pollstar under Ronnie James Dio as playing Zomerpop festival in Netherlands on Sept 5/6."
  • Old Shame: When some of the songs from his earlier years resurfaced in the internet, Dio claimed he would've been happier if they had stayed hidden.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • He wasn't working on one, but two sequels for the Magica album before he died. Also, a second Heaven & Hell album was planned.
    • In the wake of Dio's death, Tobias Sammet revealed that the two of them had been discussing the possibility of Dio guesting in Avantasia.
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    • He was originally cast to play Doviculus in Brütal Legend, but the role later went to Tim Curry. Rumors speculated that the reason for Dio's departure from the project was because of behind the scenes fighting with Ozzy Osbourne (who did lend his voice to the game), but Tim Schafer set the story straight by saying that, as Doviculus changed over the course of development, Curry simply fit the role better than Dio (citing Curry's role in the film Legend (1985) as a good example of why). Still feels like a Negated Moment of Awesome to not have Dio involved in the project though, considering that lending his voice to a game that celebrates everything heavy metal would have been a fitting send off.


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