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.
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 (@tmorello) April 14, 2013
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 (@Slash) April 14, 2013
my heart goes out to Chino & deftones & Chi’s family for their loss
— Sebastian Bach (@sebastianbach) April 14, 2013
RIP CHI… WE LOVE YOU MAN! @deftones
— ☠ Papa Roach ☠ (@paparoach) April 14, 2013
— Transplants (@transplantsband) April 14, 2013
RIP Chi. Awful news. Condolences to the Cheng family and @deftones…. from the McKagan’s.
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) April 14, 2013
The sun is hiding. Very grown up day today. Thinking of a friend.
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) April 13, 2013