Deftones And Car Accidents

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On November 4, 2009, Deftones bass player Chi Cheng was involved in a horrible car accident which left him in a coma from which he never recovered and he eventually died.

Now check this out: the reason the Deftones allegedly existed at all was because of a car accident.  When he was fifteen, guitarist Stephen Carpenter was riding his skateboard when he was hit by a drunk driver.  He was in a wheelchair for months.  To pass the time, he taught himself to play guitar.  He also received a substantial amount of cash in the form of an insurance settlement–and this money was invested in gear, which led to the formation of the band and their first gigs.

That’s the story, anyway.  The band has since said this was just the stuff of legend.

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