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Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng In Coma After Car Crash

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The Sacremento Bee reports: Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is in a coma in a San Jose hospital following a car accident in Santa Clara on Monday.

The band's singer, Chino Moreno, reached by phone, confirmed the news but declined to give specifics.

"I don't know everything that's going on -- I just know it's very serious," Moreno said. "I'm on my way to be with his family, I'm pretty freaked out about it."

Cheng, 38, was born in Stockton and also is an accomplished poet. In 2000, he released a CD of his poetry, "The Bamboo Parachute."

The Deftones had been working on its sixth studio album, "Eros," set for a spring 2009 release. The Warner Brothers record label is expected to release a statement on Cheng's condition later today.

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1. Kali writes:

Oh sh**! I am not a huge fan of Deftones, but I hope he comes out o.k!

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 7:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BodomFan writes:

that f*ckin sucks. hopefully he'll pull thru

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. MetallicPunk writes:

Wow thats sad,I wish him the best,I think the deftones older stuff is a big influence on some of todays bands.

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 7:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. morbidfeathers writes:

DAMN!! I hope he pulls through...I just saw them perform a few weeks ago and it was so f*cking amazing...damn.

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 9:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Tyson writes:

Hes a badass he will totally be alright. Deftones is the best band ever.

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 9:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Zachary writes:

God bless you Chi.

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 9:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. deathbringer writes:

Wow, that really sucks. I hope he pulls through as well.

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 9:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. MuDvAyNe fan writes:

o man this is horrible news hope he gets better...i am really looking forward to Eros hope they can still put it out on time.

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 10:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Fuck_A_Name writes:

the only possible good thing I can possibly pull out of this, is that if this guy dies, we will never have to listen to another sh**ty Kanye West remix of a deftones song. that's about it.

Get better dude, i love you f***ers!

Now Playing: SOAD- Chop suey

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 10:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. InfernoNecrosis writes:

This is horrible... I hope he turns out alright. :(

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11. crhis3942 writes:

GOD bless u man!!

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 11:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Brok writes:

This is the saddest thing I've heard all day, besides Obama getting elected. My love goes out to you, your family, and your band Chi. Hang in there man.

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 12:44 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. jimmy j writes:

Sorry to hear this news. may God be with you Chi hope ya pull through.

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 12:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Crystal* writes:

My prayers are with him , family and the band! I am so shock.. I am a big deftones and sadden by this,God bless and hope you pull through!
xo -crys

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 10:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. That_One_Guy writes:

Get better man, I'm pulling for ya.

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 10:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. bully writes:

sucks....shoulda been fag axl rose

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 11:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. rob writes:

i've been a fan for years! this is devistating!

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 11:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. ossified writes:

that sucks.... hope hes fine and make poems and not albums for deftones... \m/

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 3:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Blindgreed1 writes:

SUCK!!! These guys are a huge influence, especially the older stuff. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. \m/\m/!!!

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 3:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. stargazrgug writes:

I love the Deftones!! Get well soon, Chi!!!!!!

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. t h e o writes:

hugs

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. -mrs.madrox* writes:

damn. he's absolutely in my thoughts & i'm hoping beyond all hope he'll get well SOON!
<;3

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Becky writes:

Wow thats crazy. Ive been a Deftones fan for years! this is terrible. Hope he pulls through alright =[

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Tragik writes:

Many blessings to Chi and his family and to his bandmates. I hope everything turns out ok!

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. covey writes:

SOULFLY!!!! hope all ends well guys.

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. DENNY writes:

MY PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU !!!

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. engine number 9 writes:

deftones rock. you'll pull threw brother, i know you will. keep it metal.

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Steph Infection writes:

I am sending all of my love to his family and him !!!

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. reckED writes:

that f***ing sucksss badd
i really hope he gets through alright (fingers crossed!!)

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Greider writes:

Hope everything turns out ok...

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Blindgreed1 writes:

I just heard that he was on his way back from his brother's memorial service when the wreck occurred. Irony.

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. hillbilly writes:

my thoughts are with him and his family..

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. It doesn't fucking matter. writes:

The Deftones are the f***ing sh**.
They pwn all you noobs.
My best wishes go to Chi.
I can't believe this...

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 4:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Jesse M writes:

We wish for the best, he will be in our prayers tonight.
The McAteer family

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 5:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Jenn writes:

Sorry to hear the news, i hope he pulls through this. Right now its important that family and friends stick together and pray for his well being. Take care <;3

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 5:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. LaRee writes:

Hoping for a speedy recovery for Chi. My thoughts are with Deftones and their familiy tonight!

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 6:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. RxQueen666 writes:

sending my thoughts & prayers!

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 6:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. When Darkness Falls00 writes:

All heart and support for the injured. Pull through buddy

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 7:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Sara writes:

I've been with Deftones since day 1. This is devastating. Please come out of this, Chi. I'm praying for you.

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 7:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Jessica Briggs writes:

I'm very sorry to hear this and my hope wishes and prayers go out to you reguardless of beleif. What could it hurt right? Hang in there and I will definitly be thinking of you all and have my fingers crossed. It would be a shame to miss out and have a world less of someone so talented.

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 7:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. myspace.com/toxic_lucidity writes:

Hey you
Big Star
Call me when its over!

Best wishes Chi.

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42. ashley van dyke writes:

deftones is my fave band...all my prayers go out to you...

# Nov 5, 2008 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Spazz [ Natalie] writes:

Im so sorry and i hope he gets out of the coma. i hope he gets better. dont give up on him or your selfs on this ok.

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 12:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. StabbingTheDrama writes:

I really hope he makes it out okay! I'm not a fan of the Deftones but that doesn't matter in this situation. This is devastating no matter who it is. My thoughts go to him and his family.

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 3:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. DM725 writes:

Regardless of whether or not your a fan of their music everybody should be keeping this guy in their thoughts. Deftones was a solid band in the late 90's early 2000's.

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 7:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. nekro writes:

wow i really hope he comes out ok.

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 7:53 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. Red writes:

Please live man, I will pray for you and your family...

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 10:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. KanadianKoRn writes:

Hope you get better soon man! This is a tragedy and i am deeply saddened by this:(

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 11:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. Mo'nyk writes:

Chi get better!!!! come back to us and give us some more of your talent!!! we all love you here in San Antonio
xoxoxoxo
Mo'nyk

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 12:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. 88 writes:

Our prayers are with you Chi, pull through man!!

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 1:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. PoRn0 KrEep writes:

Wether Eros gets finished or not, that really isn't a priority now, What matters is that Chi Survives and is able to continue doing what he loves and is there for the one's that love him most! God be with u Chi! God be with your friends and family in these hard times! But Your not done here yet!!

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 2:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. Jill writes:

Get better soon man!! This world still needs you!

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 3:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. Farah writes:

Get well soon Chi! Our thoughts are with you and all of your family and friends

Canadian support from Exclaim! magazine just found.. http://www.exclaim.ca/articles/generalarticlesynopsfullart.aspx?csid1=127&csid2=844&fid1=34704

cheers

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 4:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. bongnatas writes:

fuk...hope all is well brother...I'm sending mad energy your way

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 4:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. Jim Morrison writes:

i wish Chi, his family, and the Deftones the strength they'll all need to pull through.

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 5:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. RememberMetal? writes:

What is it with this band and cars?

The band exists because guitarsit Carpenter was struck by a car (not his fault) and recieved a modest settlement.

Chi Cheng was walking/biking/jogging (don't remember) during the sessions for one of the two more recent albums and was hit by a car too...he's a damn auto-magent.

Hope he comes out of it okay...One of the few nu-metal generation bands that I like.

# Nov 6, 2008 @ 6:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. reyna writes:

what horrible news. chi and his family along with the rest of the group are in my thoughts and prayers. the deftones are the best, i really hope he comes out of this ok. :(

# Nov 7, 2008 @ 5:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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58. Nate666 writes:

How ironic. I always thought Deftones were totally in a coma as a band. I guess they can now title the next album "Comatones"

# Nov 8, 2008 @ 7:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. TrixieSin writes:

thats an a$$hole thing to to say, i hope your family gets gutted, and chi makes a full recovery and laughs in your face at their funeral!!HA thats a b**** outta hell, take a run at her boy

# Nov 8, 2008 @ 1:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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60. Remainpossitive writes:

to any other future people that may leave a comment. Pay no further attention to the negative comment offered by the numb hearted person above. If he/she had enough sence and a heart then that person wouldn't say such a horrible thing. It's not funny to fans and even to those that aren't actually fans. Any respectable individual would be offended by such an insensitive remark. Chi thanks for your music, poetry, humor, and your passionate dedication to supporting those less fortunate. get well for your friends and family and fans. Everyone keep hope alive.

# Nov 8, 2008 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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61. Kali writes:

Nate666's comment was not that bad people. It's not as though he said he wishes Chi dies. Some people need to find houmor in tragity or stress to get through. Perhaps he will come back and clearify?

# Nov 8, 2008 @ 5:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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62. Reggieqh writes:

My Thoughts and prayers are with Chi and his family, get well soon... & let's send a positive Vibe his way, ignore anything that isn't positive!

# Nov 8, 2008 @ 5:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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63. bbristowe writes:

58. Nate666 writes:

How ironic. I always thought Deftones were totally in a coma as a band. I guess they can now title the next album "Comatones"

OMG i can't believe what you said...oh wait. Yeah I can.

WELCOME TO THE INTERNET

# Nov 11, 2008 @ 5:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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64. Zontar The Munificent writes:

At least now he'll lose some weight.

# Nov 11, 2008 @ 12:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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65. bbristowe writes:

HAHAHAH. That's terrible.

# Nov 11, 2008 @ 2:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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66. TrixieSin writes:

RP: #1, don't open your mouth if you can't spell, since it's much easier to convince people of your "sence" if you can spell the word. #2 yes, numb cold hearted, step away from the disaster area or buy a helmet. #3 its the f***ing internet, if you don't like the comment, scroll faster.

# Nov 11, 2008 @ 2:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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67. muttley writes:

dude our thoughts are with you pull through this we need your music

# Nov 11, 2008 @ 7:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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68. Jamez writes:

It's the net, man. People can say whatever they want. That's the beauty of it (okay, Not necessarily in this case, but... u know what I mean) Get well soon Chi!

# Nov 12, 2008 @ 4:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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69. dmasa writes:

that sucks

# Nov 13, 2008 @ 8:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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70. strong writes:

stay strong Chi, you'll be back here in the UK, Live & Alive before we know it. sh**, i knew i should have stopped you to say hi man.

-Forever Stronger Than All-

Pull through bro x

# Nov 21, 2008 @ 8:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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71. dre writes:

Chi, you will make it through my brother, just hang in there ! We are all eagerly anticipating your awakening..!!! PEACE DRE..!

# Nov 24, 2008 @ 7:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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72. max cavalera writes:

plz do help pray for chi fast recovery guys... plz

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