Rock/Metal Community Reacts to Death of Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng
Several members of the rock community responded over the weekend to the passing of Chi Cheng, the Deftones bassist, who died early Saturday at age 42.
Cheng died 3 a.m. Saturday in the emergency room. “His heart just suddenly stopped,” Cheng’s mother, Jeanne Marie Cheng, wrote on the One Love for Chi website. “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.”
Cheng had been involved in a car accident in November 2008, which left him in a coma for some time. Although he started showing signs of improvement, he was never able to make a complete recovery.
Several friends and admirers have expressed their condolences and tributes via Twitter, including Slash, Tom Morello and guitarist John 5. You can check out some of the tweets below.
Slash: 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
Tom Morello: R.I.P Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng. Very sweet and talented guy. Head injury from car accident. Everyone please wear seatbelt and live.
Sebastian Bach: my heart goes out to Chino & deftones & Chi’s family for their loss
Duff McKagan: RIP Chi. Awful news. Condolences to the Cheng family and @deftones…. from the McKagan’s.
Corey Taylor: My friend Chi passed away. My heart goes out to his family, and to my friends in @deftones. This is indeed a sad day…
John 5: RIP Chi, you will be forever missed. #ripchicheng #RIPChi #deftones
David Draiman: RIP CHI CHENG OF @deftones, YOU HARBORED A SWEET BRILLIANCE, AND WILL BE REMEMBERED AND LOVED.
Robb Flynn: RIP Chi Cheng
Papa Roach: RIP CHI… WE LOVE YOU MAN!
Lamb Of God: R.I.P. Chi Cheng #Deftones
Shinedown: God Bless you #ChiCheng for you made the world beautiful with your songs. You inspire us forever… Rest in Peace.
UPDATED: Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter posted the following statement on the Deftones Facebook page.
“There are so many things I can say, and yet at this moment, none of it matters or compares to the loss everyone feels. There will be a hole in our lives where Chi once was. But that will be filled everyday with all of our love and memories we all have in our heart. He will always be here because of love. It’s time we all give our love and best, and do our best to love. Especially ourselves, Chi would want that for everyone. All our healing will begin with love. I love you, Chi.”