Chino Moreno of the Deftones posted to his Facebook page on April 13 that the band's original bassist Chi Cheng died at 3 a.m. Cheng was in a serious automobile accident in 2008 with his sister and never fully recovered. He had been making improvements over the past three years but at best was only "semi-conscious." It is unknown what specific cause of death took the musician's life.
Chi Cheng will be remembered for his compassion and social responsibility in addition to his contributions to music. He was a practicing Buddhist and vegetarian who sponsored a charity in Sacramento that taught musical skills to the homeless.

He leaves behind a wife and at least one son.