Chi Cheng, bassist for Sacremento’s Deftones, tragically passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning (April 13th 2013). After being involved in a car accident back in 2008, Chi suffered major injuries which placed him into a semi-concious state of a coma. He began to show signs of improvement in 2010, responding to commands and movements. The following statement was posted by his family on the charity funding site, oneloveforchi:
“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 3am 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)”
This is, of course, tragic news. We here at DEAD PRESS! send our deepest thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and fellow bandmates. RIP Chi Cheng.