Chi Cheng, a bassist for the Grammy-winning Sacramento band Deftones, died Saturday morning after spending years struggling to recover from major injuries he suffered in a vehicle accident in 2008.
Cheng, 42, was in a coma for a while, but recently showed some signs of improvement. He was in a semi-conscious state and was able to move his hands slightly.
The Deftones band member was able to move home to continue his recovery and treatment.
Cheng was taken to an emergency room around 3 a.m. Saturday, family members said.
Cheng's mother, Jeanne Marie Cheng, wrote on the One Love for Chi website when her son's heart stopped beating.
"He left this world with me singing songs he likes in his ear," Cheng's mother wrote on the webpage. "He fought a good fight. You stood by him, sending him love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone."
Born in Davis in 1970, Cheng grew up in Stockton and joined the Deftones shortly after it formed in a South Sacramento garage in 1988.
One of the leading acts of the "nu metal" phenomenon, Cheng's bass performances can be heard in Deftones classics, such as "Adrenaline," "Around the Fur" and "White Pony."
On Nov. 4, 2008, Cheng was the passenger in a car that hit another vehicle head-on in Santa Clara.
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