Sunday, April 14, 2013

RIP Chi Cheng

As we tweeted last night with great sadness, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away at age 42. Cheng, who has been in a semi-unconscious state since a major car accident in 2008, was taken to the emergency room at 3 a.m. on April 13, where he died. In a statement on the website, which is run by his mother,, she said: "Our dearest Family, This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear. He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi's son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go. With great love and "Much Respect!" Mom J (and Chi)."

Chi Cheng suffered major injuries and was left in a coma following a November 2008 car crash in Santa Clara, California. He was driving with his sister when they collided with another car. The bassist was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the car, his sister was wearing hers, and only sustained minor injuries. Over the years he has been showing signs of improvement, but has now gone on.

Deftones have yet to release an official statement. Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathies go to the band, Cheng's family and friends.