Musician Colin Vearncombe, known as Black, has died yesterday, January 26th, after suffering head injuries in a car accident. The singer from Liverpool, who had a global hit with "Wonderful Life" off his similarly titled debut album in 1987, suffered swelling on his brain in a crash on Sunday, January 10 near Cork Airport and was placed in a medically-induced coma. He died from his injuries at the intensive care unit of Cork University Hospital at the age of 53.
A simple post on his Facebook page stated: "Colin Vearncombe. 26/5/1962-26/1/2016. You'll never walk alone." He is survived by his wife and three children.
The car crash occurred as he drove on his own from his home in Schull, west Cork, to catch a flight from Cork to Edinburgh for a songwriting trip.
Black released over the years 15 albums and also published poetry and staged exhibitions of his paintings in Ireland, where he lived for more than 10 years. In April 2014 he had started a pledge fund (via PledgeMusic) for a new album. The project significantly exceeded its funding goals and he regularly expressed his surprise and gratefulness through video updates on the PledgeMusic site. The resulting album was Blind Faith, released on April 13, 2015.