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.

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.