Wed, May 19, 10

DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover has released the following statement regarding the passing of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, ELF):

“A huge part of my life just disappeared. Words are not enough, emotions are too much.

“My sincere condolences to Ronnie’s family and friends.”

Glover and DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice produced ELF’s first album, and ELF toured all over the world as the support act for DEEP PURPLE.

Ronnie James Dio was the featured singer on the tracks “Love Is All”, “Homeward” and “Sitting In A Dream” on Glover’s 1975 album, “The Butterfly Ball”.