It is with an incredibly heavy heart that I write that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away at age 42. Cheng was involved in a car accident in 2008 and had been in a semi-comatose state since then. While he never made a full recovery, there were times when Cheng was showing improvement. A statement from his mother can be read below.
Cheng’s last recordings were for the Deftones album Eros, which is still unreleased, although singer Chino Moreno has said that the recordings will be released one day. Bassist Sergio Vega came in and has recorded the band’s last two albums, Diamond Eyes and Koi No Yokan.
Our deepest condolences go out to Cheng’s family, his friends, the members of Deftones, and to all the fans around the world. It seems so wrong that a man who fought so hard for the past four and a half years passed so suddenly.
Rest in peace, Chi. You are missed.
“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 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 Oneloveforchi.com 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).”