Deftones bassist said to be in a coma

After an accident that happened on Monday bassist Chi Cheng of the Deftones was originally confirmed by a Warner Bros. spokesperson as being in serious but stable condition. However late word via the Sacremento Bee is that he has in fact slipped into a coma.

Lead singer Chino Moreno has posted a statement on the band website saying in part

“I am on my way up North right now to be by his side along with the rest of our band mates and family. Chi is one of the strongest people I know, and I’m praying that his strength will get him through this.”

The hard rock act had been working on its upcoming album, “Eros,” which has been talked about for an early 2009 release. The act’s 2006 album, “Saturday Night Wrist,” debuted at No. 10 on the U.S. pop charts when it was released.