Deftones bass player Chi Cheng has passed away aged 42.
Chi has been in a semi-conscious state since a car accident back in 2008 and was reported dead early Saturday morning (13th April)
The news was broken by his mother via the http://www.OneLoveForChi.com/ website, which has documented his battle since the accident.
Her statement reads:
“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 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)”
Cheng was, in his time with the Deftones, partly responsible for defining a generation. His contributions to albums such as ‘Around The Fur’, ‘White Pony’ and ‘Saturday Night Wrist’ inspired many and saw the band become one of the finest musical exports of the last twenty years.
Hit The Floor would like to pass their condolences to the Cheng family, his bandmates and friends. You will be sorely, sorely missed.
RIP. One Love.