Very unpopular obit…

May 18, 2010

Heavy metal veteran Ronnie James Dio dies, aged 67

SWITZERLAND/LOS ANGELES, May 16 (Reuters) – Ronnie James Dio, the pint-sized heavy metal singer who replaced Ozzy Osbourne in Black Sabbath, died on Sunday, five months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer, his wife said. He was 67.

He moved over to Black Sabbath, the leading exponents of heavy metal, after Osbourne was ousted in 1979. He recorded three albums with the band before quitting. He reportedly complained there were not enough photos of him in the artwork for the group’s 1982 concert album “Live Evil,” and guitarist Tony Iommi referred to him as a “little Hitler.”

Your reporter’s summary of DIO’s life and career was callous. A man had just died and he was beloved by many. Why include all the petty comments in his story? Have some respect please.


Why was Ronnie James Dio treated so disrespectfully? Is this “journalist” completely clueless? USA/When someone dies, they’re supposed to HONORED. Especially someone as well known and loved as Ronnie.

Why was someone who obviously knows little, and cares even less about the style of music Ronnie performs allowed to write this article? In addition to that, regardless of the writer’s musical tastes, he could have at least respected the deceased. He even FAILED at that.


I found this article poorly written and in bad taste. It describes personal opinions of the musician’s band and quotes lines from seemingly random and irrelevant places, none of which seem to be referenced properly.

This is an awful article and looks like it has been written hastily and does not pay any respect to the artist.


Just a quick note to register my disappointment with your obituary of Ronnie James Dio

It’s a totally inappropriately judged piece of lazy writing, poorly researched and verging on offensive. Not at all what one expects from Reuters.


A number of readers were unhappy with this obit. We probably could have done without “pint-sized” in the lede: GBU Editor

Ronnie James Dio, singer of the band Heaven & Hell, gestures during a concert at the 41st Montreux Jazz Festival July 7, 2007.  Above: REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Below: Ronnie James Dio accepts the Best Vocalist award at the 2nd annual Golden Gods awards in Los Angeles April 8, 2010.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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