‘Wonderful Life’ singer Colin Vearncombe dies following car crash

Black singer-songwriter was 53

British singer-songwriter Colin Vearncombe, known by the stage name Black, has passed away at the age of 53.

Vearncombe had been involved in a car crash in Ireland earlier in the month (January 10) and has been in an induced coma for the last two weeks.

A statement from his publicist, reported by BBC News, confirmed that the singer “died peacefully” with his family at his side “who were singing him on his way”.

Wife Camilla and the couple’s three children wrote in a statement: “Colin received the best possible care from the expert and highly professional staff there and we are deeply grateful for everything they did”.

Vearncombe is best known for his single ‘Wonderful Life’, released in 1985 after he was dropped from a major label deal. His album of the same name peaked at Number Three in the UK and sold over 1.5 million copies.

The singer released eight albums as Black and six more under his own name. His final album ‘Blind Faith’ was released in 2015.

Vearncombe’s publicist has confirmed that there will be a private funeral, as well as a memorial service for the “many people who will want to celebrate Colin’s life and work”.