After years of fighting through a coma following an automobile collision in 2008, original Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has passed away on April 13th. Via One Love For Chi:

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 site 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)

This is shocking and sudden to many, because over the years, things had begun to look better for Chi. I remember feeling very optimistic after reading a blog post from Chi’s mother detailing improvements in response to stimuli. This is a tragic loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chi’s family. Rest in peace.


– JR


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