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Chi Cheng, founding member of Alternative Metal band Deftones, died at age 42 on April 13, as announced by his family. Cheng had a car accident in 2008, and had been in a partially conscious state ever since. In November 2008, the former Deftones bassist was driving with his sister in Santa Clara, CA, when they were involved in a crash that left him in a coma. While his sister reported only minor injuries, having worn a seatbelt, Chi Cheng was not and got ejected from the car. At the time of the crash, the band was finalizing its sixth studio album ‘Eros’, which was later postponed indefinitely. Since the accident, the metal community had been raising money through benefit shows and a dedicated fan base, in order to sustain the family’s medical expenses.
A statement was released by his family, on April 14, via Oneloveforchi.com, the official blog through which the family has been releasing information about Cheng’s medical condition during the latest years. His mother (Mom J) wrote:
“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 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.”
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