Deftones bassist Chi Cheng died early Saturday morning. He was 42. Cheng had been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car accident.
In a statement posted on the fan site Oneloveforchi.com, Cheng’s family wrote that he was taken to the emergency room where he died.
Cheng suffered major injuries and was left in a coma after a 2008 car crash. He was driving with his sister when they hit another car. He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. His sister was wearing hers, and only had minor injuries.
Cheng co-founded Deftones in the late 80s. He was a major part of the band’s success, performing on their first five albums.
Here is the Cheng family statement:
“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)”