American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music producer Michael Davis has died of liver failure at the age of 68.
Davis was best known as a member of the MC5 and Destroy All Monsters.
While serving time at the Lexington Federal Correction Institution for a narcotics violation he created abstract paintings for permanent display in the prison’s Visitor Center and administrative offices.
Several years of immersion in life in the desert southwest and world travels with various rock bands gave Davis the inspiration and desire to return to his roots as a painter, having studied art along the way at The Armory Center For The Arts in Pasadena, California, the University of Oregon, in Eugene, Oregon, and at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon, and Butte Community College/California State University, Chico in Chico, California.
He also co-founded the non-profit Music Is Revolution Foundation, dedicated to supporting music education programs in public schools.
On Friday, February 17, 2012, Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California, after a month-long hospitalization for liver disease. In 2005 he was diagnosed with Hepatitis C and wrote a candid personal blog which chronicled his health battles.