Slash, Tom Morello, Gerard Way Mourn Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to the rocker, who died on Saturday

Chi Cheng of the Deftones performing at the University of California, Irvine Bren Events Center.
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April 14, 2013 2:14 PM ET

Chi Cheng, bassist for nu-metal pioneers the Deftones, died early Saturday morning at the age of 42. Cheng had been seriously injured in a car accident in 2008; he fell into a coma and never fully recovered. Although it had been years since Cheng was playing music in the public eye, his death struck a chord with many friends and colleagues in the music world, who paid tribute to the bassist's talent and kindness on Twitter.

Chi Cheng, Deftones Bassist, Dead at 42

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Chi Cheng of the Deftones performing at the University of California, Irvine Bren Events Center.
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