The family of late DEFTONES bassist Chi Cheng will hold a public gathering to celebrate his life this coming weekend in Stockton, California.
In a posting on OneLoveForChi.com charity web site made in dedication of Chi‘s memory, Cheng‘s mother, Jeanne Marie Cheng, writes: “We’d love for you to join the Cheng family on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. for a One Love family gathering at Oak Grove Regional Park in Stockton, California on Eight Mile Road and [Interstate 5] at the Pavilion. Parking is $6 per car. Bring your own drinks, etc. They have picnic tables and BBQ pits, if you want to bring food.
“Your outpouring of love and condolences is so very appreciated. Please come join the family as we pay a tribute of love to our dear Chi.”
Chi passed away on Saturday, April 13 following complications from a 2008 car accident that left him in a semi-comatose state. He was 42.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Cheng was riding in a car driven by his sister Mae that flipped three times after a collision with another vehicle on a road in Santa Clara, California. Cheng was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car.
He underwent surgery to remove part of his brain after the accident, although he was strong enough to come off life support seven months later.
Although Cheng never recovered full consciousness after his accident, he was gradually able to emerge for brief periods of time from his coma and see and hear things happening around him, although he could not respond verbally.
Cheng was also in and out of hospitals for various infections over the last four years, as his family struggled with mounting medical bills. Cheng was dropped by his insurance company just months after his accident.
DEFTONES and other acts held benefit concerts to raise money for Cheng‘s medical bills, and DEFTONES continued to donate money from the band’s own tours as well.
Sergio Vega stepped in to play for the band on tour after Cheng‘s accident, staying on to record 2010’s “Diamond Eyes” and 2012’s “Koi No Yokan”.
The last record that Cheng worked on, an abandoned project called “Eros”, remains unreleased.