Two Cork support groups to benefit from singer Black’s death

Two Cork support groups are set to benefit from donations made following the death of singer songwriter, Black, best-known for his 1980s hit Wonderful Life.

And the late Colin Vearncombe’s family has also released a song track, and a poignant video message he recorded last year for his fans on his mailing list, the so-called ‘Black list’, in which he thanked them for their support over the years.

The family also thanked the public for their generosity following his death and said almost €6,000 in donations would be split between the West Cork Rapid Response service, and Brú Columbanus, the accommodation facility in Wilton for families of long-stay patients at Cork University Hospital (CUH), where Mr Vearncombe died in January.

The 53-year-old Liverpool-born singer, who had lived in Schull in West Cork since 2003, died in CUH 16 days after suffering fatal injuries in a single-vehicle car crash between Five Mile Bridge and Cork Airport while on his way to the airport on January 10 last.

Mr Vearncombe’s remains were cremated during a private ceremony in February and a memorial service was held in Liverpool Cathedral on February 19.

His widow Camilla and children, Max, Marius and Milan, had at the time asked for donations in lieu of flowers to be made to Brú Columbanus.

In a post on Black’s Facebook page last week, the family issued a heartfelt thank for the donations which poured in.

“The total raised for both charities is now over €6,000 — an incredible amount and we’re deeply grateful to every single one of you,” they said.

“In recognition of this we wanted to share a short piece that Colin recorded last year for those on his mailing list.

“It was a heartfelt thank you to everyone who’d followed him over the years so we thought it would be appropriate to make it public now.

“It may not be an easy watch for some of you and we’re not sharing it to be mawkish or overly sentimental, but it conveys just how important your support was to him and, in turn, how grateful we are for your support for the charities.” The backing track is ‘When It’s Over’ from ‘Blind Faith’


Mr Vearncombe had a 35-year career in music , releasing 14 albums and several compilations.

He released his first single as Black, Human Features, in 1981. He signed a major label deal with WEA in 1984, but was soon dropped.

In 1985, he wrote and released the single Wonderful Life which became a worldwide hit after it was re-released in 1987.


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