Chi Cheng, bass player of the Deftones passed away during the overnight hours of April 13th. Nearly four and a half years ago, Chi was involved in a car accident which left him in a coma. A statement was left on the website One Love for Chi:
Our dearest Family, (April 14, 2013)
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.
With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)
Thank you to Phil and Hostgator.com for being kind enough to upgrade my server at no charge to handle the increased traffic to www.oneloveforchi.com so it won’t crash again. We appreciate it so much.
Thank you One Love Fam for your love and support. -Gina Blackmore
What I remember about the Deftones and seeing them for the first time in 1998 was that they were a band that loved everything about what they did and their fans. It was at the RFK Stadium parking lot when I saw them first as part of the Vans Warped Tour and was blown away by their live show. I saw them again in 2000 and 2001 and had an opportunity to hang with Chi, Chino and the rest of the band and they were just so humble and awesome.
My most favorite Deftones track: