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Friday 13 December 2019

British singer Black 'critical' after car accident in west Cork

The cover of one of Black's albums
The cover of one of Black's albums

Ralph Riegel

BRITISH singer, Black, is in critical condition in hospital after a traffic accident in west Cork.

The singer, whose real name is Colin Vearncombe (53), apparently suffered a serious head injury in an accident as he was travelling from Schull in west Cork to Cork Airport.

His publicist, in a statement to UK media, said he is now in a medically induced coma in Cork University Hospital (CUH).

He said it is now yet known what the prognosis will be.

The accident occurred on Tuesday and the singer’s condition is understood to have remained stable since then.

The circumstances of the accident are unknown but road conditions throughout Cork were difficult this week due to freezing weather and black ice.

“(He is) surrounded by warmth, love and the best possible care,” his publicist said.

CUH is the reference hospital for all serious head trauma injuries in the south.

The singer sprang to prominence in the late 1980s with a succession of critically acclaimed singles.

He had two smash hit singles in 1987, ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Sweetest Smile’, with the former becoming his most enduring song.

Last year, he released a new album entitled ‘Blind Faith’ which received warm plaudits from UK and European music critics.

A native of Liverpool, he released his first single in 1981.

Operating under the name ‘Black’, he went on to work with some of the major pop acts of the 1980s including The Thompson Twins and Wah!

The singer, who released material both under his own name and ‘Black’, was highly regarded for his jazz-influenced pop songs.

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