Coroner says MLK sculptor has died after Georgia crash

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Posted: Jul 13, 2015 8:45 AM

ATLANTA (AP) — The artist selected to sculpt a Martin Luther King Jr. statue for the Georgia Capitol grounds died Sunday after a weekend crash involved a suspected drunk driver, according to the Henry County Coroner. Andy Davis was 53.

Davis was pronounced brain dead Sunday at 9:50 p.m., according to Henry County Coroner Donald Cleveland. He said his office was informed of Davis' death shortly after on Sunday by Grady Memorial Hospital, where Davis was treated following the early Saturday morning crash.

The Georgia State Patrol has said Davis was on his motorcycle early Saturday in Henry County when he was rear-ended by a pickup truck. The 20-year-old driver, Corey Sease, has been charged with driving under the influence.

A Georgia State Patrol spokeswoman didn't immediately have further detail Monday morning.

Davis' family issued a statement Sunday saying doctors at Grady were still trying to determine whether he had any brain activity and thanked people for their prayers and encouragement.

"He's always been our Captain; A fighter, a lover, a friend, and he Never, Never, Never gives up," the statement read.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal last month announced Davis's commissioning for the King statue. In the statement announcing the choice, Deal said the King statue was a "long overdue honor" for the civil rights leader.

"I am confident that Andy Davis' past works, including a statue of Ray Charles in the singer's hometown of Albany, have prepared him well for this historic project," Deal said.