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Deftones Bassist Cheng in Coma After Crash

11/5/2008 3:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Chi Cheng, bassist for rock legends The Deftones, is in a coma after a car crash.

The band's frontman, Chino Moreno, says the situation is "very serious" and a post on the Deftones website says Chi is in serious, but stable condition at a northern California hospital, but didn't provide specifics.

Chi has played bass for the Deftones since 1988.

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deleta    

Rock legend? Never even heard of them,

1990 days ago
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walt    

The Deftones are all great guys

Comment # 1 if you knew anything at ALL about music and from your comment you dont, just about every band playing now were inspired by the Deftones, I'm sure not the bands you listen to (maybe Jessica Simpson or Britney)....For a true music fan everyone has heard of them, one of the best live bands you will ever see.

Chi, wishing you the best Walt & Walt from Baltimore...........................

1990 days ago
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mike    

God Bless him. I hope he has a speedy recovery. www.stoparazzispray.com

1990 days ago
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muck    

my heart dropped when I heard this. My prayers are with Chi, his family, and the rest of the band.

1990 days ago
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Nancy    

I saw an article in the Eureka, CA paper yesterday about this, but am not sure if the accident was in Eureka or one of the surrounding towns. There were 5 guys injured.

1990 days ago
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THE CRIDDLER    

favorite band of all time... praying for a recovery - new album supposed to drop early next year...

get a clue if you havent heard of them they've done everything with everyone.

1990 days ago
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jilly from baltimore    

you're in my prayers chi! God please pull him through. the deftones rock! have been one of my faves for years.

1990 days ago
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zoom zoom    

The Deftones are awsome! hope he recovers and gets well soon.

1990 days ago
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Danielle    

Damn...This sucks. The Deftones are awesome and I hope Chi will be okay... : (

1990 days ago
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Danielle    

MUFFY, do your music homework, moron. go listen to your britney spears and hannah montana, you don't deserve to know who the Deftones are.

1990 days ago
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Rachelle From Cali    

Deftones are one of the greatest rock/metal bands of all time!! Their music will go down in history and will live on forever!! Here is hoping that Chi has a speedy recovery, my thoughts and prayers are with his adorable children!!

1990 days ago
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Matt    

No good! Chi is probably one of the coolest guys (as are the rest of the band) that I have had the pleasure of meeting and talking to. My prayers are with him and his family.

1990 days ago
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walker    

Here u go Muffy. Read this and go crawl back under ur rock. Article from The Sacramento Bee


Deftones bassist Chi Cheng is in a coma in a San Jose hospital after a car accident in Santa Clara on Monday.

The band's singer, Chino Moreno, reached by phone, confirmed the news but declined to give specifics.

"I don't know everything that's going on – I just know it's very serious," Moreno said. "I'm on my way to be with his family, I'm pretty freaked out about it."

Cheng, 38, was born in Stockton and also is an accomplished poet. In 2000, he released a CD of his poetry, "The Bamboo Parachute."

The Deftones formed in Sacramento in 1988 and released their debut album "Adrenaline" on Madonna's Maverick Records label in 1995. Since then, the hard rock band has sold millions of records. Its biggest-selling release was the 2000 album "White Pony," which sold more than 1 million copies, achieved platinum status and earned the band a Grammy Award for best metal performance for the song "Elite."

The Deftones had been working on its sixth studio album, "Eros," set for a spring 2009 release.

– Rachel Leibrock

Thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family. And yes they are rock legends

1990 days ago
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all lubed up    

we're pulling for you homie!

1990 days ago
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xxplosive    

I just heard about this last night. damn that sucks. to the 1st comment dude get a clue!! deftones are elite to all those indie bands you probably listen to. they rocked the spaceland in silverlake a few weeks ago. superior show indeed.

1990 days ago
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