Vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) has released the following statement regarding the passing of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW):
"It is a very sad day today... I have lost a very dear friend.
"Ronnie was a true leader of heavy metal... an icon and a visionary... There will never be another like him.
"Ronnie gave me wisdom, and showed me great compassion when he was in ELF, all those years ago, when we were on tour together in my time in DEEP PURPLE. He was a beautiful soul, kind, considerate and a wonderful teacher.
"Some day I'll be bringing your microphone up there with me, and we'll sing a song, and share a Vindaloo together...
"I'll miss, you mate."
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