Deftones Bass Player Chi Cheng Passes Away


Story by Anne Erickson

Deftones bass player Chi Cheng has passed away at 42 years old

Chi Cheng, best known as the former bass player of alternative metal band Deftones, passed away early yesterday morning (April 13). He was 42 years old.

Cheng had been in the hospital since 2008, after being injured in a serious car accident. Following the incident, he underwent brain surgery and has been in and out of a coma ever since. In February of last year, things were looking up, as he was reportedly was starting to emerge from the coma to a partially conscious state and able to move his leg and make some noises.

Over the years, Deftones performed several benefit shows to help Chi’s family pay for his large medical expenses.

Here’s an official statement from Cheng’s loving mother regarding his passing via the charity website made for him,

“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 a.m. 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 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).”

The staff at Audio Ink Radio offer our condolences and keep Cheng and his family in our thoughts and prayers.



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