Vocalist D’Angelo (real name: Michael Archer) has been released from a Richmond, Va., hospital after being injured during a Sept. 19 car accident. According to a statement from the Virginia State Police, the SUV in which D’Angelo was traveling swerved off State Route 711 and crashed into a fence before flipping over.
The artist was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. According to police, it is not yet known if D’Angelo was driving; another person in the vehicle, Lynne Sellers, was also injured in the accident but the status of her condition is unknown.
“I banged up my ribs but other than that I’m fine,” the artist told the Associated Press today, adding that he was excited to return to the studio.
News of the crash began to spread late last week after the Roots’ ?uestlove posted early details on the group’s Web site, but the message was quickly removed.
Just prior to the accident, D’Angelo was given a three-year suspended sentence after pleading no contest to felony cocaine possession in Chesterfield Circuit Court. As previously reported, he was arrested near Richmond in January after police found marijuana and cocaine in his car during a traffic stop.
D’Angelo received a 100-day suspended sentence in April stemming from the marijuana and driving under the influence charges.
As first revealed here, J Records recently acquired D’Angelo’s contract from Virgin, which released his two studio albums. The artist has been largely inactive since his 2000 effort “Voodoo,” which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.