Deftones’ Chi Cheng Dies: Rockers Pay Tribute
The music world has lost one of its most talented performers as Deftones bassist Chi Cheng sadly passed away Saturday (April 13) at the age of 42. Cheng 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 year’s since the accident, frequently holding benefits to aid in his care, and it is with great sadness that many of them are commenting on his passing.
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.
A slew of artists, including Slipknot / Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, P.O.D.‘s Marcos Curiel, My Chemical Romance‘s Gerard Way, Disturbed / Device singer David Draiman and more, have offered their condolences and commentary on Cheng via Twitter. Read their postings below:
My friend Chi passed away. My heart goes out to his family, and to my friends in @deftones. This is indeed a sad day…
— The Boogie Knight (@CoreyTaylorRock) April 14, 2013
— Marcos Curiel (@MarcosCuriel) April 14, 2013
@deftones So incredibly heartbreaking to hear the news of Chi’s passing. My thoughts are with his family, and all of you.
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) April 14, 2013
RIP chi cheng…..will be missed
— Theory of a Deadman (@TOADM) April 14, 2013
— DAVID DRAIMAN (@DAVIDMDRAIMAN) April 14, 2013
R.I.P. Chi Cheng of the Deftones (July 15, 1970 – April 13, 2013). This is photo from a benefit for Chi that… fb.me/1mitOoWQ3
— Testament (@testamentband) April 14, 2013
— Nonpoint (@nonpoint) April 14, 2013
R.I.P. Chi Cheng #Deftones
— Lamb Of God (@Lambofgodband) April 14, 2013
Rest in peace Chi Cheng.
— Rev Theory (@revtheory) April 14, 2013
RIP Chi. We will always love the albums you were apart of. Rest easy.
— CARNIFEX (@carnifexbrutal) April 14, 2013
RIP CHI… WE LOVE YOU MAN! @deftones
— ☠ Papa Roach ☠ (@paparoach) April 14, 2013
— SavingAbel (@SavingAbel) April 14, 2013
— Godsmack Official (@Godsmack_Music) April 14, 2013
R.I.P Chi Cheng, your influence on our lives will never be forgotten.
— TRAPT (@TRAPTOFFICIAL) April 14, 2013
God Bless you #ChiCheng for you made the world beautiful with your songs. You inspire us forever… Rest in Peace.
— Shinedown (@Shinedown) April 14, 2013
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
— Slash (@Slash) April 14, 2013
Chi was an amazing bassist & human being our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He will be deeply missed.
— Nickelback (@Nickelback) April 14, 2013
my heart goes out to Chino & deftones & Chi’s family for their loss
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) April 14, 2013
Another sad day in Music with the loss of Deftones Chi. R.I.P.
— Dan Donegan (@DoneganDaniel) April 14, 2013
Such sad news hearing chi cheng from the deftones has passed away. RIP
— Jake Pitts (@JakePittsBVB) April 14, 2013
— Angela Gossow (@AGossow) April 14, 2013
We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Chi Cheng, bassist of Deftones. Rest in Peace Chi fb.me/2ikJGx70M
— In Flames OFFICIAL (@InFlames_SWE) April 14, 2013
RIP Chi. Awful news. Condolences to the Cheng family and @deftones…. from the McKagan’s.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) April 14, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers go out to The Deftones and Chi’s family. Nuff said.
— blessthefall (@blessthefall) April 14, 2013
— Jamey Jasta (@jameyjasta) April 14, 2013
— Hatebreed (@hatebreed) April 14, 2013
Damn … Go rest #Chi … You fought like a warrior sir … Thoughts and prayers to his family / friends and fellow Deftones
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) April 14, 2013
RIP Chi. #deftones
— RED (@redmusiconline) April 14, 2013
R.I.P Chi #deftones
— Jack Osbourne (@MrJackO) April 14, 2013