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.
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.