Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Dies at 42

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There is no doubt that alternative rock fans are in mourning after hearing of Chi Cheng’s passing.

The former Deftones bassist passed away today of currently unknown causes. Cheng was in a very serious car accident in November 2008 and sustained nearly fatal injuries. Four and a half years later, Cheng never fully recovered. He has remained in a semi conscious state for years and has fought through many complications. While he was able to emerge from his coma with some awareness of his surroundings, he could not communicate in complete sentences. News of his death comes following a statement by his family via, the site established to cover his medical expenses, which has since been removed.

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’s innovative bass playing will not soon be forgotten by Deftones fans. I, like all Deftones listeners, offer Chi’s family and friends my deepest condolences.


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