It is with great regret that we announce that Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passed away early Saturday morning around 3 AM, after a four-year long battle to survive, following a car crash in 2008.
The 42-year-old musician had showed signs of recovery in 2010 when he showed improvement, responding to commands and moving his legs. After showing more signs of rehabilitation, he was moved to his home for recovery.
His family left the following message on 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)”
This being very sad news, The Broken Metronome expresses its deepest condolences to Chi Cheng’s family, friends and bandmates during this very difficult time. One Love for Chi.