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Deftones bassist Chi Cheng dead at 42

Chi Cheng, the founding bassist of the Deftones, passed away this weekend at the age of 42, a fansite announced. Vocalist Chino Moreno also confirmed the news on his Facebook Saturday night (Deftones’ representation had not released a formal statement at time of publication).

Cheng had been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car wreck in Santa Clarita, Calif.; the band was recording its sixth studio album Diamond Eyes at the time. Moreno said as recently as 2012 that he hoped his bandmate would recover. Indeed, Cheng had shown improvement in recent years, including a limited ability to move his legs on command. He ultimately succumbed to his injuries at 3 a.m. Saturday morning.

Below, the full statement from Gina Blackmore at READ FULL STORY

Deftones: Frontman Chino Moreno on silly song titles and the recovery of bassist Chi Cheng

Nearly four years ago, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng was in a car accident that put him in a coma and left him with severe brain trauma.

With one of their founding members fighting for his life, the Deftones were thrown into turmoil. They elected to soldier on — scrapping their in-progress album Eros, hiring bass player Sergio Vega (formerly of Quicksand), and putting out their fullest, most accomplished, and highest-charting album yet in 2010’s Diamond Eyes.

With Cheng’s health slowly improving, the band rang in 2012 by hitting the studio and working steadily for six months. Their seventh album is nearly finished, and according to frontman Chino Moreno, will be an ideal distillation of the band’s strengths.

“Obviously we’re an aggressive band — not the heaviest, but there’s a lot of attack,” Moreno told EW. “But there’s also this lush beauty that flows within everything that we do, and that’s my favorite part of the band. To me, it’s the epitome of what the Deftones do.”

The band has finished writing and recording and plans on spending the next week or two mixing. That should keep them on track for their planned October 9 release date. But first, Moreno has to give everything a name: READ FULL STORY

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