Chi Cheng, Deftones’ bassist, passed away early Saturday morning, April 13, 2013. He was rushed to the hospital where his heart gave out and was pronounced dead at 3:00a.m.

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He had suffered some major injuries from a car crash back in 2008. He was with his sister in the car when they crashed with another vehicle. While she had her seat belt on and suffered minor injuries, Chi was not so lucky. He was in coma for some time but then was declared to be in a semi-conscious state in 2009. Doctors also were positive on his improving progress, “… Doctors said he was ‘showing signs of improved neuro function.’ Recently he regained limited ability to move his legs on command,” according to Billboard.

 “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)”

 

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His progress was being documented on the OneLoveForChi website created by fan Gina Blackmore (now, that is some serious dedication. Kudos, Gina, you rock!). LoudWire reported, “Deftones frontman Chino Moreno recently discussed the band’s relationship with Chi, telling Noisecreep, ‘When I was 17-years-old, I moved out of my parents’ house and moved in with him. We’ve been best friends most of my life. I’ll just be doing some random thing in my life and he’s always in my thoughts. The whole band feels very strongly about him and he’s always been a part of things.’”

Although the band continued performing and recording without Chi, nevertheless, he stayed close to their hearts. He was 42 and definitely will be missed.

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