Spirit in the Sky Singer Norman Greenbaum Critical After Car Wreck

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Norman Greenbaum, best known for writing and performing the 1969 hit song “Spirit in the Sky” remained in critical condition in a San Francisco hospital Monday after being involved in a car accident that left a motorcyclist dead.

Greenbaum, 72, was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital after the car he was a passenger in collided with a motorcycle.

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The driver of the motorcycle, 20-year-old Ihab Usama Halaweh, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, according to the CHP statement. A passenger on the motorcycle, Nhmia Mekonnen Kahsay, 20, was also brought to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in critical condition, the statement said. h/t nbc

The driver of the car in which Greenbaum was riding, Bonita Kay Perea, 62, told authorities that she didn’t see the approaching motorcycle when she made a turn, the statement said. CHP Officer Daniel Hill told NBC News that Perea was unharmed.

Greenbaum describes himself a “One Hit Wonder,” writing and performing the now classic track.

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