Deftones Bass Player Chi Cheng in ICU, Diagnosed with Pneumonia


Story by Anne Erickson

Deftones’ Chi Cheng has been diagnosed with pneumonia

Although we hate to be the bearers of bad news, we here at Audio Ink Radio must report that Deftones’ bass player Chi Cheng — who has been in a partially conscious state and coma ever since a 2008 car accident — has been diagnosed with pneumonia. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the hospital where he has been staying, and although we don’t know what the future holds, we know this isn’t a good sing.

Members of Cheng’s family have been sharing updates about the bass player’s health via the website Here’s the most recent statement from the website: “SHOUT OUT TO CHI‘S WORLDWIDE FAMILY-PRAYER REQUEST-He just got back home last night from NJ and is in ER with SOMETHING serious going on. Pneumonia and don’t know what else. Not good! Please send the word again to PRAY HARD. Thank you all!”

Here’s a later statement from the site on Cheng’s condition: “Chi is in ICU on 3 antibiotics for pneumonia. blood pressure and oxygen are both low. please send healing.”

More details on this story will likely surface in the next few days, so check back for updates. Everyone at Audio Ink Radio are keeping Cheng and his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers. Those wishing to help the cause may donate to help pay for Chi’s mounting medical bills via the One Love for Chi site.


Anne Erickson
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