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Chi Cheng
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Chi Cheng at the Hultsfred Festival in Sweden (2006)
Background information
Born (1970-07-15)July 15, 1970
Davis, California, United States
Died April 13, 2013(2013-04-13) (aged 42)
Genres Alternative metal, nu metal, heavy metal, post-metal, experimental rock, spoken word
Instruments Bass guitar, backing vocals
Years active 1988–2008
Associated acts Deftones, Dredg

Chi Ling Dai Cheng (July 15, 1970 – April 13, 2013) was an American musician and bassist for alternative metal band Deftones. He was of Chinese ancestry.

He was also the author of a collection of poetry which was titled The Bamboo Parachute and was released in June 2000 as a spoken word album. He joined Deftones in 1988 and a recorded a four track demo with them soon after joining. He was also a practicing Buddhist.

Car accident and death

On November 4, 2008, Cheng was involved in a car accident in Santa Clara, California. Cheng was in the passenger seat, was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. Cheng slipped into a coma and was showing signs of improvement in May 2010 but never recovered fully recovered. He died on April 13, 2013.

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