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Deftones Drummer Felt Relief When Chi Cheng Died

05/11/2016
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(TeamRock Radio) Deftones drummer Abe Cunningham has recalled the "relief" he felt when bassist Chi Cheng passed away in 2013. Cheng had been in a semi-comatose state since a serious car crash in 2008 and he eventually died from heart failure.

Deftones released latest album Gore this year - their first since Cheng's death. And while that was an emotional experience, Cunningham says it was 2010's Diamond Eyes that was the most difficult record the band has ever made.

Cunningham tells the Broward Palm Beach New Times: "The the most emotionally draining and cathartic album was the Diamond Eyes record, because that is when everything happened.

"His passing, for me, was a relief. For him, for his family, for us, when his accident happened, it wasn't immediate. He was seriously injured and left in a minimally conscious state for five years.

"All the initial emotion was when the accident happened, and to have him pass was a relief after all those years." Read more here.

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