Chi Cheng Deftones bassist passes
RIP Chi Cheng.
Such sad news. He was such a great guy. Always positive and a pleasure to interview throughout the years. Our condolences to the Deftones and Chi’s family and friends.
DEFTONES: Bassist Passes
Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who was in a coma-like state for more than four years after a car accident, has died.
Cheng's family confirmed the death on OneLoveforChi.com, saying he was taken to an emergency room Saturday morning and that his "heart just suddenly stopped." Cheng, who was 42, had been in and out of hospitals and rehab facilities since the November 2008 accident.
Cheng co-founded Deftones in the late '80s with fellow Sacramento natives Chino Moreno, Stephen Carpenter and Abe Cunningham. He played on their first five albums, from 1994's Adrenaline to 2006's Saturday Night Wrist. The band was working on an album called Eros at the time of Cheng's crash. The band decided to shelve that album and drafted Sergio Vega to play bass, making two albums with him so far.
Many musicians took to Twitter to express their condolences. Here's a sampling:
· Corey Taylor: "My friend Chi passed away. My heart goes out to his family, and to my friends in Deftones. This is indeed a sad day."
· Slash: "Just heard that Chi from the Deftones passed away. That's really sad news. I didn't really know him. But he was an awesome bass player. RIP."
· Nickelback: "Chi was an amazing bassist and human being, our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be deeply missed."
· Shinedown: "God Bless you Chi Cheng for you made the world beautiful with your songs. You inspire us forever... Rest in Peace."
· David Draiman: "RIP Chi Cheng of Deftones. You Harbored a Sweet Brilliance and will be remembered and loved."
· System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian: "R.I.P. to my brother Chi Cheng. Words cant describe how I feel right now. My condolences to his family."
· Nonpoint: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Chi Cheng. RIP brother, see you on the other side."
Tags : Topics : Entertainment_Culture, Human InterestSocial : Entertainment_Culture, Human InterestLocations : SacramentoPeople : Abe Cunningham, Chi Cheng, Chi Cheng Deftones, Chino Moreno, Corey Taylor, David Draiman, Sergio Vega, Shavo Odadjian, Slash, Stephen Carpenter