Stars from rock and metal world come out to honour late bass player
Gerard Way, Slash and Hayley Williams of Paramore are among the stars who paying tribute to Deftones bassist Chi Cheng, who passed away over the weekend.
Cheng died aged 42 on Saturday (April 13) following injuries sustained in a car crash five years ago. Cheng, a founding member of the band along with singer Chino Moreno, had been in a “partially conscious state” since a 2008 car accident. He died on Saturday morning, said his family in a statement.
Messages posted on Twitter for Cheng included Slash stating: “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”. Meanwhile, addressing the band directly, Gerard Way of the recently disbanded My Chemical Romance wrote: “So incredibly heartbreaking to hear the news of Chi’s passing. My thoughts are with his family, and all of you.”
Other tributes came from Frank Turner, Corey Taylor of Slipknot, Dev Hynes, Wild Beasts, Oli Sykes of Bring Me The Horizon, Skrillex, and Duran Duran, whose song ‘The Chauffeur’ was covered by Deftones in 2005. Scroll down to see a full collection of the tributes paid to Chi Cheng now.
Cheng suffered major injuries and was left in a coma after being involved in a car crash in 2008. The bassist was driving in the car with his sister when he collided with a car head on. While his sister only suffered minor injuries as she was wearing a seatbelt, Cheng was ejected through the window.