In Memoriam: Deftones’ Chi Cheng (7/20/70 – 4/13/13)

After four years of battling death in a comatose state, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng lost his war Saturday night.

While death is never a happy event, Cheng seemed to have left this world on a positive note.  According to the NBCnews.com Entertainment blog, Cheng’s mother sang songs he liked into his ear as he departed.

In 2008, Cheng suffered serious injuries from a head-on vehicle collision, during which he was thrown out of his seat.  Until Saturday, he had since been in a coma.

Immediately following the official statements, Internet users across the globe offered their condolences.  Despite his four year absence from music, friends and fans alike hoped he would recover and potentially return to making music with his beloved band members.

Unfortunately, that was not the case.  After performing on five Deftones records and one solo spoken word album, Chi Cheng passed away at age 42.

This is truly a sad event, especially since he was still young.  However, he proved to everyone on this earth that it is possible to fight for one’s life.  He fought for four years.

If you take just one thing away from this article, let it be the strength and persistence that Chi Cheng put forth to keep the hopes of his friends, family, and fans alive.

Rest in peace.

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