I am sad to report that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passed away today at the age of 42. As many of you know, Chi was left in a semi-conscious coma following a car accident back in November of 2008. His loved ones released a statement on his passing on oneloveforchi.com:
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)
You will truly be missed Chi. You will live on through those amazing six records that you helped craft with Deftones.
R.I.P. Chi Cheng July 15th 1970-April 13th 2013