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The public memorial service for Ronnie Dio could be disrupted by American cult Westboro Baptist Church.

Ronnie Dio emerged as the singer with Rainbow, before joining Black Sabbath. Replacing Ozzy Osbourne, the frontman earned the respect of fans with his sensational performances and wailing vocals.

Later forming his own group, Ronnie Dio sadly passed away last week. Since then, some of the biggest names in heavy metal have united in mourning with Lars Ulrich penning a very personal tribute.

The singer's family have unveiled details for a public memorial service, due to take place in Los Angeles later this week. However the service could be disrupted by the presence of a controversial Christian cult.

The Westboro Baptist Church plan to attend, in protest at the legacy of Ronnie Dio. The church have confirmed their intention to witness the ceremony, accusing the singer of promoting the 'devil horn' sign, worshipping the devil and hating God.

Of course, what they obviously don't realise is that the 'devil horn' sign is in fact a well known European folk symbol, warding off the 'evil eye'. Passed on to Dio by his Italian grandmother, the singer adopted it onstage as a reaction to Ozzy Osbourne's liberal use of the peace symbol.

The church are well known through the United States for their hatred of homosexuals and even had a domain name titled 'Godhatesfags'. Which is just appalling, really.

In a statement the church claimed that they intended to remind worshippers that "you who worship that old serpent, Satan, that your time is very short”.

The message adds:

“We'll be there! Just because the chances of any of God's elect being amongst this group of heavy metal sycophants is slim to none does not mean they should not get some good words.”

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