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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