BLACK SABBATH/HEAVEN & HELL guitarist Tony Iommi has released the following statement regarding the passing of his bandmate, legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW):"Yesterday 16th May my dear, dear friend Ronnie James Dio passed away at 7.45am L.A. time. "I've been in total shock; I just can't believe he's gone. "Ronnie was one of the nicest people you could ever meet. We had some fantastic times together. "Ronnie loved what he did, making music and performing on stage. He loved his fans so much. He was a kind man and would put himself out to help others. "I can honestly say it's truly been an honor to play at his side for all these years. "His music will live on forever. "Our thoughts are with Wendy Dio [Ronnie's wife/manager] who stood by Ronnie until the end. He loved her very much. "The man with the magic voice is a star amongst stars, a true professional. "I'll miss you so much, my dear friend."