Deftones Bassist Dies Aged 42

15 April 2013, 13:18 | Updated: 8 August 2013, 15:53

Chi Cheng Deftones

Former Deftones bassist Chi Cheng died over the weekend at the age of 42.

He'd been in a partially conscious state since a car accident in 2008.

The Deftones co-founder was driving with his sister when they collided with another vehicle and their car rolled. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt and was thrown out.

His family have released the following statement (via Billboard)

"Our dearest Family,

"This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emegency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.

"He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi?s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.

"With great love and "Much Respect!" Mom J (and Chi)."