RIP Chi Cheng: Deftones bassist dead at 42

Deftones members, family and fans are mourning the loss of bassist Chi Cheng who died Saturday (April 13th) at the age of 42. Cheng had been in a semi-conscious state since 2008 when he suffered injuries from a car accident in Santa Clara, CA.

According to Billboard, Cheng suffered major injuries that ultimately left him in a coma following a car accident in November 2008. Cheng was driving with his sister when they collided with another vehicle causing them to roll. Cheng was not wearing his seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle while his sister was wearing hers and only sustained minor injuries.

Cheng spent the last four and a half years recovering as his condition had been upgraded to a semi-conscious state, but died Saturday when his heart suddenly stopped.

“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’s family announced his passing on his website early Sunday morning (April 14th).

“Our dearest Family, (April 14, 2013)

“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 emergency 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)

“Thank you to Phil and for being kind enough to upgrade my server at no charge to handle the increased traffic to so it won’t crash again. We appreciate it so much.

“Thank you One Love Fam for your love and support. -Gina Blackmore”

The site has had an overwhelming amount of traffic, therefore, causing the moderators to disable many of the pages that includes blog posts from family members updating fans on Cheng’s condition over the years.

Rest in peace, Cheng.  You will be missed!

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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