Dio Associate Dean Schachtel Dies

Dean Schachtel, 49, who managed Ronnie James Dio’s Niji Entertainment Group and worked closely with Dio and his wife, Wendy, for many years, died unexpectedly May 18, his wife Teresa confirmed on her Facebook page.

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Schachtel was instrumental in organizing and was a major presence at the previous weekend’s Dio memorial events in Los Angeles.

Schachtel also worked with Warner Bros. Records, Rhino Records and managed the social media presence of Dio as well as Motörhead. Schactel was also on the board of the Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund.