NewsApril 13, 2013 11:13 PM ET22,604 views

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passes away

Deftones bass player Chi Cheng has passed away at the age of 42. Cheng has been in a semi-comatose state since a 2008 car accident. The following statement was issued by Cheng's family via "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 emegency 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 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." ------------------------------------------- UPDATE: Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter has issued a statement regarding the passing of Chi Cheng:
"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."
------------------------------------------- UPDATE: A slew of comments from notable musicians have been offered up via Twitter. Here's a sampling: "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 "R.I.P Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng. Very sweet and talented guy. Head injury from car accident. Everyone please wear seatbelt and live." - Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) "My friend Chi passed away. My heart goes out to his family, and to my friends in @deftones. This is indeed a sad day..." - Corey Taylor (Slipknot) "Wow. Just heard that Chi Cheng of the Deftones has died. Very sad. Love that band." - Frank Turner "R.I.P. Chi Cheng #Deftones" - Lamb of God "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, our hearts go out to Chi's family, friends & fans" - Hatebreed "We are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Chi Cheng, bassist of Deftones. Rest in Peace Chi" - In Flames "rest peacefully Chi Cheng." - Keith Buckley (Every Time I Die) "RIP Chi Cheng. You will be greatly missed by millions. #oneloveforchi" - Impending Doom "RIP Chi Cheng, your music changed my life" - Spencer Chamberlain (Underoath) "RIP Chi Cheng. Your music has always been a source of inspiration for us." - He Is Legend "Saddened to hear about the passing of Chi Cheng of @deftones. Blessings to his family and loved ones. RIP" - Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) "RIP Chi Cheng. Our Condolences to the entire @deftones family." - Touche Amore "RIP Chi Cheng! Damn sad news, thoughts to family, friends and all Deftones!" - Billy Graziadei (Biohazard) "RIP Chi Cheng @deftones A tough fate & hard struggle. Condolences to his family, band,friends. A sad day to remember." - Angela Gossow (Arch Anemy) "RIP Chi Cheng. The Deftones have forever been a huge inspiration to us and countless others. Our thoughts are with all of you." - Pianos Become The Teeth


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anonymous 4/13/2013 8:25:18 PM

oh noes

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:25:18 PM


slut 4/13/2013 8:26:30 PM


anonymous 4/13/2013 8:27:07 PM


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thelovesausage 4/13/2013 8:27:58 PM

Shit...terrible. RIP

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:28:21 PM

devastating news. RIP Chi Emmure should be dead

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:30:08 PM

Rest in Peace man. Sad to hear this.

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:39:10 PM


IG88 4/13/2013 8:40:05 PM

Pretty sure this happened a while ago and they've just been WeekendAtBernie'ing him around.

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:43:39 PM

IG880 seconds ago Pretty sure this happened a while ago and they've just been WeekendAtBernie'ing him around. It's sad news and now I feel bad for laughing at this...

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:46:38 PM

super fcking devastating. he was a great person and it is unfortunate that he passed away so young and wasn't able to recover from that accident.

fourthgradecocktease 4/13/2013 8:47:39 PM

sooooo gutted. Thought he was going to pull through after he was released from the hospital last February. RIP

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:49:08 PM

fck rip man Ty

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:55:22 PM

Never heard of this band. VANFLIP . RIP

anonymous 4/13/2013 8:58:10 PM

lol most useless ex-member of decent nu metal band dead. boring.

anonymous 4/13/2013 9:03:03 PM

The comments on here make me want to punch myself in the fcking head. You're all so intolerant and careless. RIP Chi. I was never a huge fan of Deftones but I'm fully aware of the influence on other band Deftones had. Condolences to the rest of Deftones and Chi's family.

anonymous 4/13/2013 9:07:47 PM

^ breath smells like dick

jon 4/13/2013 9:14:13 PM

Shitty way to go. Deftones wont be the sane.

genghisjohn 4/13/2013 9:14:28 PM

Ah. Well.........fck

anonymous 4/13/2013 9:17:59 PM

anonymous 16 minutes ago lol most useless ex-member of decent nu metal band dead. boring. Sorry Chi Cheng is stealing your thunder, Tyler Dennen.

anonymous 4/13/2013 9:18:46 PM

RIP Chi, terrible news.

OrgCore 4/13/2013 9:22:19 PM

R.I.P. Chi

anonymous 4/13/2013 9:25:25 PM

what a pssy

PainINtheTIGHTpants 4/13/2013 9:28:19 PM

so sorry guys. so sorry. RIP.

anonymous 4/13/2013 9:35:51 PM

thanx for everything chi, rip

ineedmoresalt 4/13/2013 9:40:50 PM

RIP dude

anonymous 4/13/2013 9:45:28 PM

Seriously, fck anybody who tries to make a insensitive joke out of this. RIP.

anonymous 4/13/2013 9:46:34 PM

terrible fcking news :(

Stupid_News_Poster 4/13/2013 9:51:22 PM

fck this sucks. At least he can be jamming with Dimebag.

rick____tocchet 4/13/2013 10:02:26 PM

RIP. Saw some good shows with him rocking out. peace.

anonymous 4/13/2013 10:49:31 PM


anonymous 4/13/2013 11:08:37 PM

the deftones died when that gay from quicksand started mucking it up. here's to hoping we get to hear EROS now. rest in peace chi

anonymous 4/13/2013 11:23:45 PM


anonymous 4/13/2013 11:31:42 PM

The lesson to be learnt here: wear a seatbelt

MeatDelivery 4/13/2013 11:57:26 PM

Look at all these postgays posting their comments!

gorillatriscuits 4/14/2013 12:23:32 AM

I was listening to diamond eyes about 2 hours ago and wondered how chi was doing……and then i read this……i cant even right now

anonymous 4/14/2013 12:41:30 AM

can I get a refund for my donation now?

CommonSense 4/14/2013 12:41:34 AM


Chi_Stake 4/14/2013 12:47:53 AM

fcking sucks. Poor man can finally RIP.

anonymous 4/14/2013 2:04:36 AM

potato is potato. potato likes to die. vegetables are good. sometimes they die when you don't them proper nutrition. sorry deftones. i love you. rip. gg

anonymous 4/14/2013 2:23:51 AM

at least he didnt eat a shotgun like that gay kurt cobain

anonymous 4/14/2013 2:30:15 AM

who is kurt cobain did he smoke pot and want to eat a firearm to fulfill his munchies cravings?

anonymous 4/14/2013 2:32:34 AM

no he did coke and tried to snort c-m of my shaft and two balls. he received pellets to the brain because i got excited like underage schoolboy. i love deftones.

anonymous 4/14/2013 2:41:32 AM

ching chong bassist gone

anonymous 4/14/2013 3:36:54 AM

I never bought in to the deftones hype and never will. This guy could still be alive if he wore his seatbelt. The weekend at Bernie comment was a classic.

anonymous 4/14/2013 3:57:44 AM

don't forget to wear your seatbelt

anonymous 4/14/2013 4:48:10 AM

god reads this gay message board and will get you for these nasty posts alex

anonymous 4/14/2013 4:50:01 AM

fck Chi Cheng and gaybag Darrell RIP to Daniel Nosek,Mitch Lucker and metal's own hero Nathan Gale

anonymous 4/14/2013 6:10:50 AM

Bunch of idiots posting on here. Real nice people. It's like a bunch of immature teenagers all put their comments here. No wonder the world is going to crap . fcking dipshits. Get a better hobby and step out of your huggies. RIP

anonymous 4/14/2013 6:43:14 AM

This fcking sucks. R.I.P. Nothing else to say

anonymous 4/14/2013 6:59:50 AM

And once again, Lamegay's bastufft-dwelling hipster-douchebags fail to show any empathy or humanity. Keep on no caring ever - no care ever when you finally move on, realise you're insignificant and ultimately die off. RIP Chi.

anonymous 4/14/2013 7:16:20 AM

New Cerekloth les/hz8eucjc2

brassknuckleromance 4/14/2013 7:21:54 AM

awful news.

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anonymous 4/14/2013 8:09:00 AM

long hair. dont care.

anonymous 4/14/2013 8:09:55 AM

he does his best work on his back

anonymous 4/14/2013 8:11:48 AM

Anyone who posts the incredibly original "emmure is stoked" or "Nu metal" comments are obviously under the age of 25 and dont have the slightest clue how influential the first two Deftones albums were to today's shitass cookie cutter bands. Much love Chi...

anonymous 4/14/2013 8:23:48 AM

Shit news. R.I.P. Zakk Wylde.

RickRock 4/14/2013 8:58:34 AM

Rest in Peace, man. Thanks for the good times and good tunes.

anonymous 4/14/2013 9:18:27 AM

Wow, a lot of the commenters on this site are fcking pathetic in every sense of the word. Please grow the fck up, all of you. RIP Chi.

Black_Jacob 4/14/2013 9:53:57 AM

lol @ the people here who dont realize they are on lambgoat. frrrrrrt, vanflip, emmure should be on this, etc

praxtiprat 4/14/2013 10:36:26 AM

to the fckwad that wrote the nasty lil racist rhyme-it's cute how you decided to stay anonymous isn't it... spineless little bitch fck you- so sorry to chi's family.. this is ballz.. rip..

anonymous 4/14/2013 11:15:54 AM

What a bummer...

NotAnonymousAnyMore 4/14/2013 11:18:00 AM

ching chong his tuning was all wrong

loaf 4/14/2013 12:16:40 PM

Bummer. :(

PainINtheTIGHTpants 4/14/2013 2:26:36 PM

^ 29 year old virgin with no job. Dont get you nervous sleeping in when your dad has a day off?

anonymous 4/14/2013 2:38:22 PM

"deftones wont be the same without him" Theyve been without him for 5 years.

anonymous 4/14/2013 2:48:32 PM

Kettle* Anonymity rewls!

anonymous 4/14/2013 2:54:36 PM

people who are joking about his death are 14 year olds whom will grow up to be serial killers and child rapists....

anonymous 4/14/2013 3:02:28 PM

Shits a really sad story, fcking sucks, Rest In Peace Chi.

anonymous 4/14/2013 3:05:34 PM

Where is Lambgoat with their moralgay 'update' calling us pathetic for making jokes. It's not a proper death news item until that happens. Also, and more importantly, what is Randy Blythe up to at this very moment?

anonymous 4/14/2013 5:03:29 PM

So Tyler Dennen of Sworn In's ex girlfriend was blowing me last night, telling me about how Tyler likes his jerk fingered during sex, right before he starts crying.

anonymous 4/14/2013 5:13:15 PM

feels like a part of my child hood just died... horrible feeling, i hate it!

anonymous 4/14/2013 5:49:34 PM

people die, thats the point of this life. RIP

anonymous 4/14/2013 6:58:11 PM

^ fck your parents and your grandparents for forgetting to pull out, and fck your cookie cutter core garbage you brush your teeth to.

anonymous 4/14/2013 7:41:27 PM

I seriously hate this fcking website for allowing brainless pieces of shit to slam on dimebag and joke about death in metal. Even if it is numetal, I hope you fcking die SOON you scumbag piece of dog shit

anonymous 4/14/2013 7:43:42 PM

No true metalhead would talk shit about Dimebag. Or any death in metal. Save that shit for the stupid wastes of life like justin beiber or lady gaga

anonymous 4/14/2013 9:51:03 PM

Stay classy Lambgoat.

anonymous 4/15/2013 12:24:21 AM

Deftones is not Nu-Metal by any "NU-Metal" even still a thing ???

anonymous 4/15/2013 1:54:58 AM

^^^^^^^ you are an idiot

anonymous 4/15/2013 7:00:44 AM

Seatbelts are stoked.

anonymous 4/15/2013 11:42:06 AM

the only sad thing about this is, despite his death, that terrible band is still going to be making music. what a wasted death.

Snoopy2 4/15/2013 1:00:31 PM

Life is such a fragile thing

Snoopy2 4/15/2013 1:06:08 PM

But I love how Lambgoat is always three days behind breaking news. What sort of 'news story' is it if you can't report it on time? Might as well change the section to Olds and not News you fcking useless dog droppings.

anonymous 4/15/2013 2:16:02 PM

Dimebag was a shit guitarist, all the live videos are overdubbed, fcking fake

anonymous 4/15/2013 2:40:54 PM

^ your moms c*nt was a horrible victim of creaseplasty. used to be a tight flesh muffin, now it looks like a rotten avocado

anonymous 4/15/2013 7:49:45 PM

sad indeed, but i would not consider impending doom or pianos become teeth as "notable" in comparison to the other tweets. only on lambgoat lol

anonymous 4/15/2013 11:39:21 PM

Dimebag sucks shit in hell, fck all y'all pssy ass sageas RIP in pieces Chi

anonymous 4/16/2013 12:01:13 AM

b-b-but muh numetal! muh first two albums! muh ching chong! no. is bad. deftones shit.

anonymous 4/16/2013 12:12:44 AM

Chi and his music were a huge part of my upbringing. It is truely sad when someone is taken before their time but he will still be loved by everyone who has listened to his music and who's life he touched. Its a sad sad day This drink is for you buddy!!!!!

anonymous 4/16/2013 12:18:18 AM

Dimebag sucks shit in hell???? You write something so ignorant When the rest of us mourn the loss of a great person. Metal doesnt need/ want someone like you.

anonymous 4/16/2013 2:28:22 AM

"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." a hole filled every day.

anonymous 4/16/2013 5:43:22 AM

Chi probably would have laughed at the weekend at bernies comment. Too funny.

anonymous 4/17/2013 5:19:58 PM

Rest in peace, Chi Cheng. You will be missed by millions all over the world.

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