DEFTONES bassist CHI CHENG died on Saturday. He was 42.
Five years ago, Chi was in a car with his sister, when they collided with another vehicle. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt . . . the car flipped . . . and he was ejected. His sister was wearing hers, and she escaped with only minor injuries.
Chi was seriously hurt, and never fully recovered. The accident left him in a coma . . . although he'd also had some periods of semi-consciousness. He had been making some slow progress over the years, but ultimately he didn't make it.
His family says his "heart just suddenly stopped."
The Deftones took some time off after the accident, but eventually continued on with bassist SERGIO VEGA. The band hasn't released a formal statement . . . but singer Chino Moreno wrote on his Facebook page, quote, "Rest in peace Chi Cheng."