'Spirit in the Sky' Songwriter Critically Injured in Car Crash

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Norman Greenbaum

A singer-songwriter behind the 1969 rock hit "Spirit in the Sky" has been critically injured in a Northern California car accident that killed a motorcyclist.

The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa reported on Sunday that 72-year-old Norman Greenbaum wrote and sang the hit song featured in 50 movies and several TV shows.

Sgt. David Derczo of the California Highway Patrol tells the newspaper that Greenbaum, a longtime resident of Santa Rosa, was the passenger of a Subaru Outback that turned left, crossing into the motorcycle's path on Saturday afternoon.

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Derczo says the motorcycle's 20-year-old driver, Ihab Usama Halaweh, died at the scene; his passenger was also critically injured.

The newspaper says Greenbaum and the motorcycle passenger are being treated at a hospital. Officials say the car's driver was not injured; alcohol isn't suspected.


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