Michael Davis, bassist influential late 1960s rock band MC5, has died of liver failure at the age of 68, the BBC reports. He had been undergoing treatment for liver disease for a month before he died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California, his wife said.
Davis was MC5‘s (short for “Motor City Five”) second bass player, having replaced Pat Burrows prior to the recording of the band’s 1969 album “Kick Out The Jams”. Davis left MC5 shortly before the band broke up in 1972 and went on to pursue a career in art.
MC5 reformed in 2004 with Handsome Dick Manitoba replacing original vocalist Rob Tyner, who died in 1991.
Davis is survived by his wife, their three sons, and a daughter from a previous marriage.