It has been almost two days since the Deftones lost their bassist, Chi Cheng. The band have finally released a statement about it on their social media outlets. They write the following to fans about Chi:
“There are so many things I can say, and yet at this moment, none of it matters or compares to the loss everyone feels. There will be a hole in our lives where Chi once was. But that will be filled everyday with all of our love and memories we all have in our heart. He will always be here because of love. It’s time we all give our love and best, and do our best to love. Especially ourselves, Chi would want that for everyone. All our healing will begin with love. I love you, Chi.
Stephen, for Deftones”
“Rest in peace Chi Cheng,” the band’s lead vocalist, Chino Moreno, wrote on his Facebook page where fans left messages eulogizing Cheng.
At around midnight Sunday morning, Chi’s family wrote on the website, One Love For Chi dedicated to his honor, that the musician had passed away the morning before at 3a.m.; he was only 42.
In 2008, Chi was in an automobile accident that resulted in him being in a several year-long coma. In 2010, he started to show signs of improvement including, movement of his legs and responses to commands.