My all-time favorite artist besides Kiss has always been Ronnie James Dio. It's very enormous sadness I have received the news that he has passed away. I had the honour of meeting him a couple of times and he was the nicest person you could imagine. Kiss has published this official comment:
We mourn the tragic passing of the great Ronnie James Dio. In addition to his powerhouse vocal ability, Ronnie was a true gentleman who always emanated great warmth and friendship to us and everyone around him. We will miss him.