Fred was the guitar player for the band MC5, ranked #93 on Rolling Stones list of "Top 100 of the Greatest Guitarist", and the husband of poet/singer Patti Smith. Born in West Virgina Fred made his home in St. Clair Shores Michigan where he and Patti raised their 2 children and lived until his death.
According to Wikipedia.com his name will live on in the world of music...
"The band Sonic Youth took its name from Smith's nickname."
Fred 'Sonic' Smith is buried at Elmwood cemetery, located in Detroit's Historic Distric