Chi Cheng, the original bassist of Deftones, died Saturday morning at the age of 42.  Cheng spent the last several years in coma after sustaining severe injuries in a 2008 car accident.

Cheng's mother released a statement on the website, "One Love For Chi" on her son's death:

"This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing.  I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emergency room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear."

It continued: "He fought the good fight.You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone.I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi site and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go."

Cheng recorded with the band on their first five albums.  After his accident, he was replaced by Sergio Vega.  Deftones will play Carolina Rebellion on May 4th.