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Chi Cheng, a founding member of the Sacramento-based rock band the Deftones, has died.  Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno confirmed the news on his Facebook page. 

Cheng had been in a semi-conscious state since a 2008 car accident left him badly injured, although he had shown signs of improvement in recent years. 

Deftones publicist Gina Blackmore posted a statement on the website, sharing that Cheng was taken to the emergency room early Saturday morning and his heart "just suddenly stopped."  She added, "He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear." 

Remembering his friend and bandmate on his Facebook page, Moreno simply said "Rest in peace Chi Cheng." 

Chi Cheng was 42.  

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