Four years following a serious 2008 car accident that left him comatose, Deftones bassist Chi Cheng passed away on Sunday. CNN reports:
"This is the hardest thing to write to you," Mom J, the name his mother used with his fans, said. "Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing."
Her statement was published Sunday on OneLoveForChi.com, a website established to communicate with his fans and raise money to help care for Cheng since his disabling accident.
"He was taken to the emergency room, and at 3 a.m. today, his heart just suddenly stopped," his mother said. "He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear."
Cheng co-founded The Deftones, a Sacramento, California, alternative metal band, in 1988.
"I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you," Mom J wrote. "He fought the good fight. You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone."
Cheng and his group won a Grammy for best metal performance in 2001.
A.V. Club goes a little more in depth into the band's history, and what happened around the time of Cheng's accident.
During the 2008 production of Eros, Cheng had an auto accident that threw him from his vehicle and left him in a coma. Out of respect, the Deftones shelved the record. They eventually replaced Cheng with bassist Sergio Vega and have released two albums since.
Cheng was known for being a humanitarian as well as a musician. He sponsored a community service group for homeless people in Sacramento, California, and was a vegetarian and a practicing Buddhist. He also released a collection of poetry, The Bamboo Parachute, that was later made into a spoken-word album.
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