Norman Greenbaum, a singer-songwriter best known for the hit song "Spirit in the Sky," was critically injured in a car crash north of San Francisco that killed a motorcyclist, California police said on Sunday.
The Jewish artist, 72, was transported to a Santa Rosa area hospital with critical injuries on Saturday after the car he was riding in made a left turn without seeing an oncoming motorcycle and the vehicles collided, California Highway Patrol said.
The motorcyclist was "evidently unable to slow or stop in time to avoid a collision," CHP said. The driver of the motorcycle, a 20-year old Santa Rosa resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 20-year-old passenger on the motorcycle suffered critical injuries and was transported to hospital and was being treated in an intensive care unit.