Reporting Jay Tilles
Despite recent signs of improvement in his condition, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passed away unexpectedly early Saturday morning.
The 42-year old Sacramento-based musician had been in a coma-like semi conscious state since a 2008 car accident left him badly injured. Not wearing his sat belt, Cheng was ejected from the vehicle during a high-speed head-on collision. Cheng’s story was told in a 2011 documentary created by POD members and The Whosoevers in an effort to raise money and awareness.
According to a statement posted to oneloveforchi.com, Cheng’s mother (Mom J) said his heart had stopped.
Mom J shared the family’s sentiments. “This is the hardest thing to write to you, she began. “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.”
Cheng was taken to the emergency room and at 3:00 a.m. today (Saturday, April 14) after his heart suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.”
For those that wish to share their thoughts of Chi, his family is encouraging fans to direct messages directly to the onelove website.
A candlelight vigil will be held in Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Park tonight (Sunday, April 14) at 6:30 p.m.
Rest In Peace Brother Chi Cheng
— Brandon Boyd (@mybrandonboyd) April 14, 2013
RIP Chi Cheng the man with a beautiful soul #Deftones
— Tony Kanal (@TonyKanal) April 14, 2013
— Transplants (@transplantsband) April 14, 2013
R.i.p Chi Cheng..Condolences to his family and the deftones family.. He was a good man.
— B-Real Cypress Hill (@B_Real420) April 14, 2013
Our thoughts are with Abe Cunningham, his band mates @deftones and Chi’s family. RIP Chi. You and your talent will be missed.
— Zildjian Company (@ZildjianCompany) April 14, 2013
Rest in peace Chi Cheng. You will forever be missed.
— ROME (@RomeMusica) April 14, 2013
R.I.P. Chi Cheng #Deftones
— Lamb Of God (@Lambofgodband) April 14, 2013
Our thoughts go out to family and friends of Chi Cheng who passed yesterday. His contribution to music will continue to inspire #deftones
— Circa Survive (@circasurvive) April 14, 2013
R.I.P. to my brother Chi Cheng. Words cant describe how I feel right now. My condolences to his family… instagram.com/p/YEkO2hlwEa/
— sHaVo oDaDjIaN (@officialsHaVo) April 14, 2013
#RIP CHI CHENG.YOUR MUSIC CHANGED MY LIFE.WE WILL REMEMBER YOU…
— Tomo Milicevic (@tomofromearth) April 14, 2013
— Amy Chance (@amychance) April 14, 2013
R.I.P. Chi Cheng of the Deftones (July 15, 1970 – April 13, 2013). This is photo from a benefit for Chi that… fb.me/1mitOoWQ3
— Testament (@testamentband) April 14, 2013
R.I.P Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng. Very sweet and talented guy. Head injury from car accident. Everyone please wear seatbelt and live.
— Tom Morello (@tmorello) April 14, 2013
— Michael Einziger (@MichaelEinziger) April 14, 2013