Early in the morning yesterday, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passed away. He was 42 years old and had been left in a semi-conscious coma since being involved in a November 4th, 2008 car accident. He never fully recovered and had been in and out of hospitals for different infections. Chi’s mother wrote the following statement in regards to his death:
“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)”
R.I.P. Chi, thank you for your awesome music. We’ll never forget you.