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Ronnie James Dio’s Life in Photos

Ronnie James Dio

The Devil You Know

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Ronnie James Dio performing with Elf in August 1974

Ronnie James Dio

Rainbow in the Dark

Walter

Rainbow in the Dark

Dio (second from left) photographed backstage with his band Rainbow in 1978. Dio first gained prominence in the '70s with the metal troupe, which also featured Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

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The Sabbath Years

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The Sabbath Years

Dio (center, on-stage in England in June, 1980) replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath and went on to cut the influential metal album Heaven and Hell with Sabbath members Geezer Butler (left) and Tony Iommi (right).

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Life After Sabbath

Walter

Life After Sabbath

In 1982, Ronnie James (far left) and Sabbath drummer Vinny Appice (second from left) formed Dio with Jimmy Bain (second from right) and Viv Campbell.

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Throwin' the Horns

Temme

Throwin’ the Horns

Ronnie James Dio (photographed in 1986) often claimed credit for inventing metal's chief hand gesture: the devil horns.

Ronnie James Dio

Metal Summit

Pettijohn

Metal Summit

Ronnie James Dio (center) with Slash (left) and Terry Bozzio at the Hollywood RockWalk induction ceremony on January 17, 2007.

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