The Columbus music community lost a legend last weekend with the passing of John Andrew "Andyman" Davis, who became the face of CD101 shortly after being hired as a DJ in 1991.

The Columbus music community lost a legend last weekend with the passing of John Andrew "Andyman" Davis, who became the face of CD101 shortly after being hired as a DJ in 1991.

Davis drowned Sunday evening in Manistee National Forest in northern Michigan while on vacation with his wife, Molly, and their three sons. He was 42.

Davis was named CD101's program director in 1998 and was famous for the annual Andyman-a-Thon, during which he stayed on the air for 48 consecutive hours to raise money for charity.

Fans and friends are invited to a public remembrance 7-10 p.m. Thursday, July 22, at the LC Pavilion. Donations to the Andy Davis Memorial Fund can be made at any Huntington National Bank or at the CD101 studio, 503 S. Front St. in the Brewery District.

Here's what some Alive staffers had to say about the beloved DJ.

"I always enjoyed seeing Andyman emcee at concerts and events. He cut through the crap that a lot of DJs dish out on stage. He truly loved music, and that sincerity came through in his connection with concert crowds and his listeners." -Brian Lindamood

"When Andyman appeared one night at his Treehouse about four years ago, I was scared to introduce myself. He was a big dude with a personality that filled rooms. After three beers, I finally said hello. I'm glad I did. His handshake was warm, his face was kind and he had a way of making everyone around him feel important and appreciated." -John Ross

"I never shared more than a few brief words with Andyman, but I'm moved by how profoundly he affected the Columbus music landscape. More than anyone, he made CD101 what it is - a beacon of vitality in an increasingly depressing industry. His loss is incalculable, his legacy unimpeachable." -Chris DeVille

"I think I'll miss Andyman most around Christmastime. Andyman-a-Thon - the fundraiser he helmed for the past 17 years - is a perfect example of why people adored this guy. That familiar voice may have been shot after a grueling two straight days on the air, but his enthusiasm for the cause (and the music) never wavered." -Shelley Mann