Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away at age 42. His family has released a statement on a charity website made in dedication of his memory, OneLoveForChi.com:
“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 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 injured in an automobile accident in 2008, when his vehicle flipped three times after hitting another car going 60 MPH. Cheng was in the passenger seat and wasn't wearing a seatbelt, causing him to eject from the vehicle. The accident left Cheng in a several-year coma.
Cheng passed away last night at 3 AM. Our thoughts go out to the family, friends and fans of Cheng.