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Chi Cheng, former Deftones bassist

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A candlelight vigil was planned Sunday 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 died early Saturday. He was 42.

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Mr. Cheng’s mother, Jeanne Marie, 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 was to be held at the city’s Cesar Chavez Plaza Sunday night.

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