'Wonderful Life' singer Colin Vearncombe dies after crash

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Posted: Jan 27, 2016 7:55 AM

DUBLIN (AP) — British singer Colin Vearncombe, who had a 1980s hit with "Wonderful Life" under the stage name Black, has died from injuries suffered in a car accident. He was 53.

A statement from the singer's record label said Vearncombe never regained consciousness after the Jan. 10 crash near his home in southwestern Ireland. The statement said he died peacefully Tuesday at Cork University Hospital with his family at his bedside, "singing him on his way."

The Liverpool-born singer had a worldwide top 10 hit in 1987 with "Wonderful Life" and also released the hit single "Sweetest Smile."

Vearncombe made 15 albums and also published poetry and staged exhibitions of his paintings in Ireland, where he had lived for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Camilla, and three sons.