The alt-rock world is taking to Twitter today to pay tribute, after the sad news of Deftones‘ bassist Chi Cheng‘s passing emerged. Cheng had been in a vegetative state since a serious car accident in 2008. He had regained slight movement and awareness in the past 4 years, but was taken to the emergency room yesterday where his heart stopped. Cheng was 42.
A host of musicians have offered their condolences and support on social media today, including Slash, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way, Of Mice & Men‘s Aaron Pauley and Stone Sour and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. You can read their tributes below.
Just heard that Chi from the Deftones passed away. That’s really sad news. I didn’t really know him. But he was an awesome bass player. RIP
— Slash (@Slash) April 14, 2013
My friend Chi passed away. My heart goes out to his family, and to my friends in @deftones. This is indeed a sad day…
— The Boogie Knight (@CoreyTaylorRock) April 14, 2013
— Hatebreed (@hatebreed) April 14, 2013
— Aaron Pauley (@aaronpauley) April 14, 2013
@deftones So incredibly heartbreaking to hear the news of Chi’s passing. My thoughts are with his family, and all of you.
— Gerard Way (@gerardway) April 14, 2013
R.I.P. Chi Cheng #Deftones
— Lamb Of God (@Lambofgodband) April 14, 2013
One of my favorite days on tour, we took Chi to breakfast. He had 2 Guinness(Guinnesses?), which I… instagram.com/p/YEo_4JqPNI/
— Sean O’Donnell (@SeanTODonnell) April 14, 2013
— TAPROOT (@FollowTaproot) April 14, 2013
RIP CHI @deftones U WERE A HUGE INSPIRATION! YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!
— JACOBY SHADDIX (@JacobyShaddix) April 14, 2013
Sad Sad Day, R.I.P. Chi Cheng,My heart goes out to his familyAnd the Deftones twitter.com/TerryBalsamo/s…
— Terry Balsamo (@TerryBalsamo) April 14, 2013
R.i.p Chi Cheng..Condolences to his family and the deftones family.. He was a good man.
— B-Real Cypress Hill (@B_Real420) April 14, 2013