Chi Cheng’s name may not ring any bells, but the band he played in for years has become a household name for teenagers and young adults who enjoyed a little head-banging once in a while. Cheng was the bassist for the popular band Deftones, and he was part of the original band when it was formed back in the 1980s. However, the name didn’t start making headlines until well into the 1990s when the band’s song “My Summer” became mainstream, thanks to the movie, “The Matrix”. Unfortunately, the release “Saturday Night Wrist” from 2006 would be the last record for Cheng.
According to a new AV Club report released on April 15, Chi Cheng passed away recently after dealing with the injuries he got in a car accident back in 2008. He wasn’t wearing a seat belt at the time, and he was thrown from the vehicle. He went into a coma after the accident. Since the accident, he had been in a semiconscious state. He had been in and out of the hospital and many thought that he was improving since he got to go home and spend time with his family.
One can imagine that it was hard on the band, who eventually had to make the decision to move on from their beloved bass player and replace with him Sergio Vega to continue with the band’s success. The group have since released two albums, but one can imagine that Cheng has never left their thoughts. In addition, it sounds like Cheng’s passing comes as a big shock to fans, who strongly believed that he was improving.
He was 42 at the time of his passing.