Tuesday 16 April 2013

Deftones bassist dies in hospital after 2008 crash

Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has died, four years after a car accident left him in a coma.

The 42-year-old died on Saturday after being taken to hospital, according to a website set up to raise money for the musician.

Chi Cheng was seriously injured after being thrown from a car during a head-on crash in Santa Clara, California.

"Rest in peace Chi Cheng," the band's lead vocalist Chino Moreno wrote on his Facebook page.

More than 2,000 messages have been left so far by fans paying tribute to Cheng.

No cause of death was given on the website set up to raise money for his care.

"I know you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you," his mother wrote in a statement on the site

"He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear."

Deftones, an alternative metal band from Sacramento, California, got together in 1988.

The band won a Grammy for best metal performance in 2000.

They are due to play this summer's Reading and Leeds Festivals and toured the UK in February.

The Deftones - made up of Stephen Carpenter (lead guitar), Abe Cunningham (drums), Chino Moreno (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Frank Delgado (keyboards, turntables, samples) and Sergio Vega (bass) - released their seventh studio album Koi No Yokan last year.

Source: BBC

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