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Deftones bassist Chi Cheng dies

By | Published on Monday 15 April 2013

Chi Cheng

Chi Cheng, bassist with Deftones, has died nearly four and half years after a car accident left him in a semi-conscious state.

Although left seriously ill after the 2008 accident, Cheng’s condition had improved slightly since coming out of a coma in 2009, and last year it was confirmed he had been able to move his leg as well as his hands. But this weekend he lost his fight for life.

Confirming his passing on the One Love For Chi website, a note from Cheng’s mother Jeanne Marie posted on Saturday read: “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 3am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear”.

It continued: “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”.