According to Deftones frontman Chino Moreno — who took to the Sacramento band's studio blog Tuesday — bassist Chi Cheng is in serious but stable condition following a car crash in California. Cheng is believed to be in a coma.
"It deeply saddens me to inform you all that our brother Chi Cheng was involved in a terrible car accident last night," Moreno wrote on the band's site. "He is currently in a Northern California hospital in serious, but stable condition. I am on my way up north right now to be by his side, along with the rest of our bandmates and family. Chi is one of the strongest people I know, and I'm praying that his strength will get him through this. Please say a prayer for him as well."
Little is known about the injuries Cheng — who is a spoken-word poet outside of the band — sustained in the accident, just as little is known about the circumstances surrounding the crash. According to The Associated Press, Cheng, 38, was injured in the crash Monday in Santa Clara, California.
The Deftones have been recording their sixth studio LP, Eros, for nearly a year. The record follows 2006's Saturday Night Wrist. A source close to the band told MTV News' Metal File back in June that the album "sounds nothing like what they've done in the past." Cheng has also said in interviews that the album would be "heavy as f--- with a sh--load of groove. ... I always say this sh--, but I truly believe this album to be well worth the wait and appreciate all your support and kind loyalty."
Thoughts and prayers go out to Chi Cheng, his family, and the Deftones......