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Former Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng Dies at Age 42

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The comatose bassist Chi Cheng of Deftones left our world at 3:00 AM last night due to a heart attack. He is survived by his mother, sister, son and widow.

Cheng showed progress in emerging from his coma last year after an experimental treatment failed to wake him and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with pneumonia. Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in November of 2008. After several long years, Cheng sadly did not manage to emerge from his coma.

The website OneLoveForChi.com issued the following statement:

"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 emergency [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 (website) 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!"

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1. Tivic writes:

This is vry sad news, RIP to Bassist Chi Cheng. He was an amazing Bassist.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 12:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. shaunasometimes writes:

I am soo sad@this moment, but CHi put love&faith back into our hearts w/all his strength. DAi, you will be soo missed, R.I.P.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 12:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Borntomosh writes:

Crushing. He fought it out for a long time. RIP brother. Never forgotten \m/

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 1:06 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Nunya writes:

At least now he can rest and his family can have a sense of closure

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 1:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. slayer91 writes:

so devastating. :(

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 2:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. ZMA writes:

Wow,......this is genuinely sad. I truly thought he was going to pull through eventually, since he'd been getting a little better over time. Heartbreaking. RIP bro.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 4:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. silvermountains writes:

rest in peace.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 4:36 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BrokenFace writes:

sh** man this is sad news. I though he was getting better. R.I.P dude.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 8:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. kita writes:

Extremely sad.rest in peace

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 9:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. KORNDOGG writes:

RIP

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 10:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. I'm not Jesus Christ writes:

It's a f***ing shame that Chi died so soon, he died just in time for the 3rd anniversary of Peter Steele's death. R.I.P.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 10:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Metal Messiah writes:

This is very sad news, my thoughts are with his family and the guys in deftones.
RIP Chi \m/

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 1:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. WOLF7 writes:

Chi certainly fought all there was to fight.

Rest In Peace, Chi.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 2:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Old Skool Rocker writes:

R.I.P. Chi. My condolences to your family.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 2:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. jk1203 writes:

rip bro, thnx or the memorie

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 7:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. mike godfried writes:

Fought until the very end.
RIP bro.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 9:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. KREDD writes:

sux. bad news indeed. rip.

# Apr 14, 2013 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Odyjon writes:

Forever in memory.
RIP

# Apr 15, 2013 @ 1:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. ?Everything writes:

So sad. RIP CHI. Now its on to hanging with the Gods.

# Apr 15, 2013 @ 11:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Cr4wf0rdTxJ1ng0J4ng0 writes:

f***, man, I thought he was recovering too. So, so sad. One of the best bassists on Earth...

RIP CHI

Thank you for White Pony

# Apr 15, 2013 @ 12:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. David H writes:

RIP

# Apr 16, 2013 @ 8:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Robbie White writes:

RIP BROTHER

# Apr 17, 2013 @ 12:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Josh827 writes:

rip

# Apr 18, 2013 @ 9:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Mr Singh writes:

im really sad about this rip Chi

# Apr 26, 2013 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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