Passings: Colin Vearncombe (Black) (1962 - 2016)

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Colin Vearncombe, professionally known as the singer Black, has died following a car crash at Cork, Ireland on January 10.

Verncombe was near Cork Airport when he was involved in the accident that left him unconscious and in a coma until his death.

The 53-year old singer was best known for the 1988 hit Wonderful Life.

A statement at Colin’s website read:
We’re deeply saddened to announce the death of Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) earlier today, Tuesday 26thJanuary 2016.

Colin never regained consciousness following a road traffic accident sixteen days ago. He died peacefully surrounded by his family who were singing him on his way.

His wife Camilla and his three sons paid tribute to the staff at the Intensive Treatment Unit of Cork University Hospital saying; “Colin received the best possible care from the expert and highly professional staff there and we are deeply grateful for everything they did”.

The funeral will be a private one, but we will be holding a memorial service for him in Liverpool in the near future as we know there are many, many people who will want to celebrate Colin’s life and work. The date and time will be announced in due course, along with details of a charity to which any donations in memory of Colin can be made.

No need to laugh or cry
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life
Black had a worldwide hit with Wonderful Life in 1988 after first denting the chart with Sweetest Smile earlier. Sweetest Smile reached number 87 in Australia and 8 in the UK. Wonderful Life peaked at number 7 in Australia and 8 in the UK.

Black’s international success was at that moment only but he continued to make albums and score occasional UK hits with the songs The Big One, You’re A Big Girl Now, Now You’re Gone, Feel Like Change and Here It Comes Again. Wonderful Life also returned to the UK chart in 1994.

Black’s most recent album, Blind Faith, was released in 2015.

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