Chi Cheng of the Deftones, Dead at 42
It breaks my heart to report that Chi Cheng, bassist of alternative metal band The Deftones, passed away on April 13. In November 2008, he was involved in a car accident in Santa Clara, California where he was ejected from his vehicle. He subsequently fell into a coma and later a semi-conscience state up until his death.
I grew up with Cheng’s music throughout my teenage years in suburban Southern California. He was a Buddhist and vegetarian; his music with the Deftones often teetered between brutal heaviness and a hypnotic delicacy, something that really resonated with me in my adolescence. The Deftones went on to record two albums without him (Diamond Eyes in 2010 and Koi No Yokan in 2012), and also raised funds over recent years to help with his medical expenses.
For more information, updates, or to donate to the Cheng family, visit his fundraiser/support website at ONELOVEFORCHI.COM