Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away after years of recovery from a car accident. He reportedly died on Sunday morning at the age of 42.
Cheng's mother, who goes by the name Mom J on the OneLoveForChi.com site posted the following statement on Sunday:
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 site 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 involved in a bad car accident in 2008, which left him in a coma. He finally came out of it last year, but continued to have health problems (including pneumonia).
Cheng was one of the founding member of the Sacramento-based Deftones who rose to stardom in the mid to late nineties with songs like "Bored," "7 Words," and "Teething," which the band performed in the film "The Crow: City of Angels". From there, the band's popularity only escalated, with the release of songs like My Own Summer (Shove It), "Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away), and Change (In The House Of Flies).
In addition to playing bass, Cheng also contributed back-up vocals, which can often be heard clearly in live recordings.
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