1970 ‘Spirit In The Sky’ hitmaker Norman Greenbaum is in a critical condition after being involved in a car crash that has left one person dead.

Greenbaum was out driving in a Suburu Outback with a friend Bonita Perea in Santa Rosa on Saturday (March 28). He was the passenger in the Suburu when it collided with a motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was killed instantly. His passenger is in a serious condition. Greenbaum was also taken to nearby Santa Rosa hospital and is in a serious condition.

California police are investigating the incident. Alcohol has been ruled out as a factor.

72-year old Norman Greenbaum is best known for his 1970 hit ‘Spirit In The Sky’. The song reached no 1 in Australia and the UK and no 3 in the USA. The song was a hit again in 1986 for Dr and the Medics.

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