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Chi Cheng, 42, former bassist for Deftones

Updated: May 16, 2013 6:47AM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A candlelight vigil is planned for Chi Cheng, the bassist of the Grammy-winning rock band Deftones who died after struggling to recover from serious injuries suffered in a car crash more than four years ago.

The Sacramento Bee reported that Mr. Cheng, 42, died early Saturday.

Mr. Cheng’s mother, Jeanne Marie Cheng, wrote on the One Love for Chi website that her son was taken to an emergency room when his heart stopped.

Mr. Cheng was ejected from a car that collided head-on with another vehicle on Nov. 4, 2008, in Santa Clara.

The newspaper said Mr. Cheng had been in a coma but had recently shown some signs of improvement.

Mr. Cheng played on five albums by the Sacramento-based Deftones.

A candlelight vigil is planned for Sunday evening at Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Plaza.


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