According to online sources Deftones Bassist Dead at the age of 42. I first saw the news on a post that was shared on Facebook on a Sevendust fan page Here This is a sad moment in the rock and metal world and he will be deeply missed by all of those that knew him personally and impersonally. Condolences go out to his family and friends. Stay tuned as we update you on all news regarding this tragedy and how you may be able to help and support the band and family.
Official release by Chi Cheng’s mother after his passing:
“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 a.m. 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.com 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).”
Chi Cheng, (July 15, 1970 – Aril 13, 2013) was an American musician, best known as the bass guitarist for the American rock band Deftones. Cheng was seriously injured in an automobile accident in Santa Clara, California, on November 4, 2008. Cheng had been traveling with his sister, Mae, when their vehicle flipped three times after hitting another car going 60 mph. Cheng, who was in the passenger seat, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Mae sustained minor injuries, as she had been wearing her seat belt. She attended to Cheng, holding his head until two off-duty EMTs, who happened to have their medical equipment, rendered aid. They were able to insert a tube into Cheng’s throat to help him breathe until the ambulance arrived, an action that doctors later said helped him survive.The accident left Cheng in a coma.
On April 26, 2009, Cheng was readmitted to ICU following a near-fatal septicemia infection; he survived the infection following treatment and was released from ICU about a week later. Following the release, a rumor started to spread in early May that Cheng had awakened fully from his coma but this was denied on oneloveforchi.com, stating that Cheng is in a semi-conscious state. On August 18, Cheng underwent surgery to replace a bone flap in his skull that had been removed after the accident, in order to relieve intracranial pressure.
Oneloveforchi.com was created in March to help raise funds for Cheng and his medical expenses, where fans can donate to help towards an initial target of $20,000 (later raised to $50,000, $100,000 and then again to $500,000 in 2010). It is also a place where fans can read personal blogs and comments from the Cheng family, and record a message that will be played to Cheng to further speed his recovery. In late April, PETA announced that 20% of the income from a “Happy Families, Not Happy Meals” T-shirt designed by Chi would go to the One Love For Chi foundation. There is also a “Get well soon” card on MySpace for Cheng that fans from all over the world can sign by posting comments. Fans and some rock celebrities have posted comments, including Sonic Youth, Thursday, The Used, Ill Niño, and Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst.
In May 2010, Chi Cheng began showing significant signs of improvement, and was able to track individual people with his eyes, occasionally make worded responses, and slightly move his hands. Chino Moreno stated that the Cheng family would be paying a doctor with the International Brain Research Foundation, who is experienced in the field of coma and trauma patients using funds raised through the oneloveforchi website to use an experimental medicine to bring Chi out of his coma-like state. The treatment has an 84% success rate. In May 2011, Cheng began undergoing rehabilitation and additional operations in New Jersey.
On February 7, 2012 it was reported that Cheng was in a partially conscious state, having the ability to move his legs on command; however, he was unable to move independently or speak in sentences. Two days after being released from the hospital, in June 2012, Cheng was diagnosed with pneumonia and rushed to the ICU. On July 4th, Cheng was released from the ICU and was undergoing recovery at his home.