Deftones bassist Chi Cheng has been diagnosed with pneumonia, according to a post by his family at the One Love For Chi website. The bass player, who has been in a semi-comatose state since being injured in a November 2008 car accident, was just brought home after treatment at a recovery center in New Jersey. The post read, "Shout out to Chi's worldwide family -- prayer request -- he just got back home last night from N.J. and is in ER with something serious going on. Pneumonia and don't know what else. Not good! Please send the word again to pray hard. Thank you all! One love."
At press time, a later post said that Cheng had been moved to the ICU and was on three antibiotics, with his blood pressure and oxygen levels both low. His mother later posted that he was on life support and a breathing machine, although doctors were hoping to move him off the machine on Monday (June 18th).
P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval, a close friend of Cheng and his family, later wrote on Twitter, "Spoke with Chi's mom. He really needs our prayers. He's in ICU and still fighting. God's will be done!"
Cheng had been showing more signs of emerging from his condition over the past few months, although he has still been mostly unable to move or speak.
Much of Cheng's treatment at a special facility in New Jersey has been funded by fans and friends, with Deftones holding several benefit concerts and donating money from the band's tours.
Deftones are in the studio working on a follow-up to 2010's Diamond Eyes, one of the band's most successful outings yet. Sergio Vega continues to play bass for the group in Cheng's absence.