In what has to be one of the saddest news of the day, Chi Cheng, the bassist for the Deftones has passed away at the age of 42. His family released a statement on the charity website that they had made in honor of the late musician’s memory (OneLoveForChi.com) where they let the fans know of his passing early in the morning.
“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 emergency 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)”
Cheng was injured in an automobile accident in Santa Barbara back in 2008, when his vehicle flipped three times after hitting another car going 60 MPH. Cheng was a passenger in the car and wasn’t wearing his seatbelt at the time which resulted in him being ejected from the car. He ended up being in a several-year long coma, but in 2010 showed signs of improvement including responding to commands and moving his legs,
Our prayers go out to Chi’s family, friends and bandmates.