April 14, 2013 Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng has passed away at age 42
We are saddened to report that original Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passed away early Saturday April 13th. Chi Cheng was in a car accident 4 years ago leaving him in a coma. Deftones have continued to record music over the past 4 years in absence of Chi. The band has been very active in trying to assist in Chi’s recovery running fundraisers and starting a foundation OneLoveForChi.com for their friend and fellow bandmate. Chi’s mother posted this statement on the website:
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 [sic] 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)
CrypticRock would like to express our deepest sympathy to all Chi’s friend’s and family. May his music live forever.