Chi Cheng, the bassist for the Deftones who has been in a coma since 2008, has passed away. He was 42.
Four years ago, Cheng suffered major injuries from a car accident in Santa Clara, Calif. He had not been wearing a seatbelt at the time and was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, and the resulting injuries left him in a coma. He remained in that unresponsive state in the years since, though he did show some brief signs of improvement and even came out of the coma on a few occassions. Despite being moved home for recovery, Cheng passed away in a hospital at 3 a.m. on April 13.
His mother released a statement on the charity website Oneloveforchi.com:
“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 [sic] 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 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)”