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.