Ronnie James Dio In late November, Ronnie James Dio was diagnosed with stomach cancer shortly after Dio fell ill and was hospitalized. The band had canceled their European tour dates, and Ronnie's manager and wife Wendy Dio came forward and announced her husband's condition. She assures us that he will overcome this dragon and be back on stage, and welcomed the support of his worldwide fanbase.

Following up with the overwhelming response, contact information has been provided for those wanting to send positive wishes and prayers for recovery. Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell bassist Geezer Butler stated that he was thankful "for the more than 50,000 people who have sent get well wishes to [Dio]."

MetalKult has posted the information to send get-well cards as well as e-mails via Black Sabbath's website. Its webmaster will print them out and pass them on to Mr. and Mrs. Dio shortly thereafter.