This is just so incredibly sad, especially given what he's endured the past few years.
Chi Cheng, the bassist for the Deftones, passed away over the weekend at the age of 42.
As you may recall, the musician was left seriously injured after a car accident in 2008, and while he'd been in a semi-conscious state since, he had been showing signs of improvement over the past few years. Sadly, he lost the battle around 3am early Saturday morning.
His bandmate, Chino Moreno, confirmed the news via Facebook with the message:
Rest in peace Chi Cheng.
Our heart goes out to all of his friends, family, loved ones, and fans during this truly difficult time.
We know that he is now somewhere better, away from all of the pain and obstacles he'd faced during his last few years on Earth with us.
Read the announcement of his passing, written by Gina Blackmore on his fan site…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
[Image via Getty Images.]
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 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)
Thank you to Phil and Hostgator.com for being kind enough to upgrade my server at no charge to handle the increased traffic to http://www.oneloveforchi.com so it won’t crash again. We appreciate it so much.
Thank you One Love Fam for your love and support.
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