Chi Cheng recovery progress
2012-02-08 by Kris. | 74 Comments

Over three and a half years since his near-fatal car accident, Deftones bass player Chi Cheng has begun to finally emerge from his coma. Cheng, along with responding to questions with grunts, now lift his legs upon command. This may not seem like much, but it shows significant progress towards his recovery.

Cheng was involved in a car accident in November of 2008. His car hit another car going 60mph and he got ejected from the car, as he was not wearing a seat belt. He has been in a deep coma since then.

More information and a video of Chi moving his legs can be found here:
http://www.stereoboard.com/content/view/170472/9

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TechieCore
February 8th 2012

662 Comments


That's awesome news. Hoping he can make a speedy recovery.

chambered69
February 8th 2012

1253 Comments


hope he gets well soon

505maximus
February 8th 2012

10 Comments


YAY!

Tyrannic
February 8th 2012

3261 Comments


awesome news

chesse13
February 8th 2012

2326 Comments


i actually had no clue this happened, but i really do imagine what he's going to think when he's told it's been 3 years later with all of the changes and such

TechieCore
February 8th 2012

662 Comments


I might donate at oneloveforchi.com, looks like they are only about 20,000 in for a 250,000 total needed.

evilford
February 8th 2012

21187 Comments


good news. hope he keeps recovering.

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EyeForAnEye
February 8th 2012

1691 Comments


What's sad is he probably won't ever be the same. Keep in mind they removed half his brain.

johnnyblaze
February 8th 2012

2595 Comments


3 years. wow. godspeed chi.

J1996
February 8th 2012

329 Comments


Yessss!!!!

Can't wait till he is back.

AlecBaldwin
February 8th 2012

147 Comments


We're celebrating this man moving his left leg - and rightly so. It sure puts your life in perspective.

Hopefully he keeps recovering x

Inveigh
February 8th 2012

24798 Comments


Keep in mind they removed half his brain.


what? I never heard that... didn't know they were still doing that kind of thing...

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2012

21575 Comments


They removed part of it, not sure how much

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bloc
February 8th 2012

34675 Comments


Great news for sure, but whether he will actually be able to play in Deftones ever again is another mystery.

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Titan50
February 8th 2012

4588 Comments


Great news for sure, but whether he will actually be able to play in Deftones ever again is another mystery.


The latter can wait. For now, let's just celebrate that he's on the steady road to recovery. And it's awesome.

TRMshadow
February 8th 2012

4982 Comments


AWESOME!!!!!!!
Glad to hear he's getting at least a little better.

MoosechriS
February 8th 2012

4772 Comments


Great news, hope the dude manages to get some form of normal life back after such a horrific thing

EyeForAnEye
February 8th 2012

1691 Comments


I'd rather be dead than live with half my brain missing personally. I guess we'll see how this goes.

Kris.
February 8th 2012

12152 Comments


seriously so happy when i read this

thumbcrusher
February 8th 2012

3575 Comments


excellent excellent news :-)

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2012

5989 Comments


holy shit this is unreal.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2012

3334 Comments


this is great news, although it will most probably take another 2 or 3 years to recover almost completely. i didn't know that they have removed half of his brain, that's gonna affect him in many ways... also, i don't know how he'll return to Deftones this way

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CasinoColumbus
February 8th 2012

340 Comments


Great news. Good to know he's recovering.

Timmons
February 8th 2012

561 Comments


YESYESYEYSYEYSYEYSYEYSYEYSYSYYEYYSYSY SO HAPPY! i was really worrying he might not wake up

Trist66
February 8th 2012

148 Comments


It's nice to read about a great musicians recovery, rather then a great musicians death.

eternium
February 8th 2012

16304 Comments


There's no way that he's going to be able to play again but that doesn't matter. I just hope he recovers well enough to live out the rest of his life happily.

Satellite
February 8th 2012

20678 Comments


awesome news

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Gmork89
February 8th 2012

5479 Comments


Hell ya, keep it up Chi.

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Scoot
February 8th 2012

17681 Comments


fantastic news, though i hope he isn't going to be the next jason becker

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paxman
February 8th 2012

4084 Comments


They didn't remove half his brain, come on

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
February 8th 2012

9033 Comments


It's insane that he's already understanding English again.

Jamper
February 8th 2012

91 Comments


Now that's good news !

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BassDemon333
February 8th 2012

3350 Comments


I'm so glad hes recovering, I was getting worried that he might not ever get better.

defjaw83
February 8th 2012

1765 Comments


fucking awesome news. They should play Royal to him so he knows that Deftones still know what the fuck is up.

Such good news

TheFifthEye
February 8th 2012

121 Comments


He'll kill himself since there's still no new Tool album.

Honestly though, good news.

heyadam
February 8th 2012

1705 Comments


Amazing news, he's one tough dude for hanging in there. Props to all of the doctors that have been taking care of him as well

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SylentEcho
February 8th 2012

1570 Comments


I really hope he gets some kind of normal life back with his memory intact.

DatsNotDaMetulz
February 8th 2012

1716 Comments


I doubt it's true that they removed half his brain. Granted he'll probably never play in Deftones again, maybe 5-10 years down the line from his recovery he may be able to play simple bass lines but he's extremely unlikely to ever regain the ability he had.

Fantastic that he's on his way back to recovery though. Honestly some of the best news of the year.

azraelcyanide
February 8th 2012

51 Comments


We shouldn't worry about Chi missing any percentage of his brain. There are several documented cases in which individuals have had significant portions of it removed and have come to live completely normal lives. His brain will--and probably is, judging by this awesome news--rewiring and rerouting itself to make up for its missing parts. He's just going to need time after he wakes up from his coma.

The point is, we should be nothing but happy for this guy. Hope he's back on his feet in no time

Stomped
February 8th 2012

6 Comments


Great news.

Josh D.
February 8th 2012

13967 Comments


of the greatest to be of the most high. inwardly. so it is to me that the Deftones's new release is outside of Chi "Dai" Cheng. all our prayers are to be with him in this time. oh but who knrw we were with him all along? also my help would rec Chi an Emery record for getting

DeathsThread
February 8th 2012

213 Comments


@Josh D. what do those last 2 sentences mean??

ABurton
February 8th 2012

137 Comments


what did any of those sentences mean?!

but seriously, this is great news. Seems overdue, but with the nature of this kind of thing, I think a serious miracle is underway.

austin888
February 8th 2012

331 Comments


This gives me tears of joy.

InFiction
February 8th 2012

3638 Comments


Fantastic news, and it's a really positive change of pace.

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Pharoh
February 8th 2012

3326 Comments


i remember when brian headwelch, the chariot and living sacrifice threw a benefit show for chi,
was awesome

RedTravis713
February 8th 2012

17 Comments


There you go Chi, keep fighting

puma35
February 8th 2012

972 Comments


this is great!!! 3 years is a long time though

FearThyEvil
February 8th 2012

12251 Comments


I doubt he'll ever return to Deftones but just to have him recover will be damn fine with me. I'm very happy that he's emerging.

iambandersnatch
February 8th 2012

1466 Comments


He'll probably never be the same, so I doubt he would replace the current bassist. They'll probably find a way to include him somehow though.

spillingmercury
February 8th 2012

877 Comments


Congrats to him. Hope he makes a speedy recovery.


taxidermist
February 8th 2012

7195 Comments


Waking up 3 years later is going to be a fucking trip for him. Whether he plays in Deftones again is irrelevant. I sincerely hope he recovers fully and can live a normal life again.

Kris.
February 8th 2012

12152 Comments


i could care less if he ever plays with deftones again
i mean he's a damn good bassist, but he's also an amazing person and i just hope he can return to the way his life was before the accident
he never deserved what happened to him

VlacDrac
February 8th 2012

835 Comments


Great news, I hope he recovers entirely.

drasticaction74
February 8th 2012

1720 Comments


chi is truly cheating death. what a powerful human being we have

EyeForAnEye
February 8th 2012

1691 Comments


I actually now learned that they removed a portion of his skull, NOT his brain.

I wonder what this will mean for the album that Deftones refused to release due to the incident?

paxman
February 8th 2012

4084 Comments


"I actually now learned that they removed a portion of his skull, NOT his brain."

You are all ignorant beyond words.

EyeForAnEye
February 8th 2012

1691 Comments


I read an article that said his brain. Yeah, SO ignorant.

paxman
February 8th 2012

4084 Comments


Referring to all this "half his brain" nonsense. Calm down.

drasticaction74
February 8th 2012

1720 Comments


i could care less if he gets back on stage. he's a person, with friends and a family. he's not gonna finally walk out of the hospital and go directly to work. it would be a fucking miracle though

CrownOfMagnets
February 8th 2012

2232 Comments


yay chi's awesome.

Comatorium.
February 8th 2012

4090 Comments


Excellent news.

Rowan5215
February 9th 2012

24415 Comments


We really should get some priority. He's a great musician, and Deftones are awesome, but simply the fact that he's still alive is a miracle. I'm overjoyed that he could recover, and that really should be enough for you without hoping that Deftones release Eros or whatever.

glennieb
February 9th 2012

4 Comments


Best news I could have heard today!

immortalizepain
February 9th 2012

378 Comments


I really hope they release Eros. This is very good news. I wish for the best of him.

SCREAMorphine
February 9th 2012

1751 Comments


Very excited when I heard this.
Amazing man

Parallels
February 9th 2012

6640 Comments


This really is miraculous... 3 years is just... wow.

I'm pretty sure they didn't remove part of his brain, they probably just removed bone fragments in his skull to alleviate the pressure on his brain.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2012

7140 Comments


Good to hear. Hope the man gets well soon and returns to making awesome music.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2012

7140 Comments


Also, everyone remember to use your seatbelts. I hate to use Chi as an example, but if there's one thing we can take from this is that we should all be proactive and be sure to utilize at least the bare minimum of an auto's safety features.

BallsToTheWall
February 9th 2012

44164 Comments


Moral of story KIDS. WEAR YOUR FUCKING SEAT BELT!!!!

EyeForAnEye
February 9th 2012

1691 Comments


Yeah. I get really pissed when my friends don't wear seatbelts. Sometimes they call me a pussy.

XingKing
February 11th 2012

10037 Comments


I don't like this band but this news is fucking great. Warms my soul to watch a man just move his leg.

cagedescending
February 11th 2012

4124 Comments


This is so cool.

iambandersnatch
February 11th 2012

1466 Comments


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