Report: DEFTONES Bassist Was Leaving Brother's Memorial Service When Car Crash Occurred
According to HardDrive Radio, DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng is still in a coma in a San Jose, California, hospital following a car crash in nearby Santa Clara on Monday (November 3). The auto accident occurred as he and his sister (who was driving) were leaving their older brother's memorial service. Further details were not immediately available, but DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno said in a statement, "Chi is one of the strongest people I know and I'm praying that his strength will get him through this."
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.
Chi Cheng interviewed by YouthNoise.com:
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