Deftones bassist Chi Cheng sadly passed away on Saturday (April 13th) at the age of 42. Chi had been in a coma following a serious auto accident in 2008 and had been in a semi-conscious state for periods ever since.
As recently as 2012, he began to show signs of movement, but never regained his speech. The music world rallied around the rocker's family in the years since the accident, frequently holding benefits to aid in his care.
The One Love for Chi organization was established to help offset his medical costs, with his family remaining vigilant in expressing their thankfulness and support for those who aided with the financial costs and shared their emotional support for what the bassist's work had meant to them. In addition to being musician, Chi Cheng was an author, a poet and he also released a spoken word album.
It was on the One Love for Chi website that the bassist's mother, Mom J (the name she uses with his fans) annonced the sad news.
"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 3am 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)"