Michael Davis, the bass player for the rock group MC5, has passed away as a result of liver failure. Davis died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, California, on Friday February 17th following over a month of treatment for liver disease he was 68 years old.
Led by singer Rob Tyner, MC5 (Motor City Five) were widely regarded as pioneers of US punk rock. Davis replaced original bassist Pat Burrows when Tyner and lead guitarist Wayne Kramer decided they liked his musical style. He went on to play on the Detroit band's debut album Kick Out The Jams, the title track with its inflammatory opening statement of intent going on to be one of their best known songs. The group disbanded in 1972 but reformed in 2004 with singer Handsome Dick Manitoba replacing Tyner – who died in 1991.
Davis is survived by his wife, their three sons, and a daughter from a previous marriage. No details have been released in regards to a memorial service.