Written by: Alex Green
Stereo Embers has learned that singer Colin Vearncombe has died.
He was 53.
The Liverpool-born Vearncombe, who operated under the moniker Black, released his first single “Human Features” back in 1982, after being a touring member of The Thompson Twins.
His 1987 single “Wonderful Life” was an international top ten hit in Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Germany, France, Austria and the Netherlands.
Vearncombe, who went on to sell several million albums, married Swedish musician Camilla Griehsel, who played with the band One 2 Many.
Vearncombe was involved in a car accident on January 10 and the singer had been hospitalized ever since. Although the extent of his injuries were never disclosed, it’s been reported that the singer serious suffered head injuries that forced doctors to place him in an induced coma.
On his official Facebook page the following message was posted:
“We’re deeply saddened to announce the death of Colin Vearncombe (aka Black) earlier today, Tuesday 26th January 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 message continued to read: “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