DEFTONES Bassist 'Is Improving Daily'

DEFTONES has issued an update on the band's bassist, Chi Cheng, who was seriously injured in a car accident in Santa Clara, California, on Monday (November 3). According to HardDrive Radio, Cheng and his sister were apparently on their way back from a memorial service for their older brother when the accident occurred. Cheng's sister was driving their vehicle, but it remains unknown at this time what caused the crash.

Cheng was reportedly in a coma in an Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital, with his condition listed as "serious but stable."

According to the group, "The critical 72 hours has passed and [Chi's] condition is stable. His doc is expecting a recovery but want to continue to sedate him and keep him quiet; he was trying to fight even in his coma.

"His mother and son have asked that [we] pass this information on as well...

"In the past when Chi was not on tour, he would gather a few instruments together once a week and meet the homeless kids in the park to play music with them. Today we ask you to give a homeless person a blanket, some warm clothes or some food. If you don't see a homeless person, reach out to a child near or far, and show some kindness to them.

"Keep sending your good thoughts and prayers; they are keeping him with us and he is improving daily."

Cheng is 38 years old and is a poet as well as a musician. He released a CD of his poetry called "The Bamboo Parachute" in 2000.

Cheng has been a member of DEFTONES since its formation in 1988. The band released its debut disc, "Adrenaline", in 1995 and scored a platinum record with 2000's "White Pony".

The group has been recording its sixth album, "Eros", with a spring 2009 arrival in the works.

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