I still have a hard time believing Chi Cheng of Deftones is gone.
I interviewed him a few times over the course of my career, and found him to be a sweet, gentle soul. His work with Deftones is amazing, and he’s come up with some of the funkiest bass lines ever.
Sucks he’s gone, but his family and friends are trying to make sure others don’t make the same mistake he did.
They’ve started a “Buckle Up For Chi” campaign to raise awareness for seat belt usage.
I always use mine, ever since 2002, when, while driving a block from my house for a bagel, an old broad cut me off, colliding with the front of my car.
When the vehicle came to a complete stop, I was in the backseat.
As you know, Cheng was severely injured as a result of a November 2008 car accident. Alas, he was not wearing a seat belt at the time.
Chi was never the same after the accident and died in April after years of roller coaster updates on his failed recovery.
Among those involved in the “Buckle Up For Chi” campaign are Cheng’s mother Jeanne Marie Cheng and Gloria Cavalera, who is the wife of Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera.
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