PASSINGS: Chi Cheng, Errol Mann, George Jackson, Sir Colin Davis
Chi Cheng

Deftones bassist injured in car crash

Chi Cheng, 42, the bassist for the Grammy-winning rock band the Deftones, died Saturday at a Sacramento hospital from injuries he suffered in an automobile crash more than four years ago.

His mother, Jeanne Marie Cheng, announced his death on the website One Love for Chi that had been set up to support him.

In 2001, Cheng and his bandmates received a Grammy Award for best metal performance. He was a "powerful bassist who was larger than life on stage," according to a statement released this week by the Recording Academy, the organization that presents the Grammys.

"Although the group's early years were more heavy metal-based," the statement read, "they were one of the first bands to incorporate a more alternative and ethereal sound into their thunderous and visceral music, blazing a trail that newer bands continue to follow today."

Cheng played on five albums with the Sacramento-based band.

He was thrown from a car that collided head-on with another vehicle Nov. 4, 2008, in Santa Clara.

Despite spending years in a coma, he had recently shown some signs of improvement, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Chi Ling Dai Cheng was born in 1970 in Davis and joined the Deftones shortly after the band formed in 1988. After the accident, the Deftones continued making music with Quicksand bassist Sergio Vega taking over for Cheng.

Cheng was also a poet. In 2000, he released a CD of his poetry, "The Bamboo Parachute."

Errol Mann

Raiders kicker in 1977 Super Bowl

Errol Mann, 71, the kicker for the Oakland Raiders team that won the 1977 Super Bowl, died April 11 at his home in Missoula, Mont., the Sunset Memorial Funeral Home confirmed. The Missoulian newspaper said he died of a heart attack.

Mann spent 11 seasons in the NFL, playing for the Green Bay Packers, Detroit Lions and the Raiders.

Midway through the 1976 season, he joined the Raiders. He made two field goals in the season-ending Super Bowl, a 32-14 victory over Minnesota. The next year, he led the NFL in scoring with 99 points.

Mann lived in Missoula for the last 25 years and had worked as a financial broker.

He was born June 27, 1941, in Breckenridge, Minn., graduated from high school in Campbell, Minn., and played college football at the University of North Dakota.

"My mother was widowed and handicapped and raised us three," said Mann's sister, Bonnie Gran of Fergus Falls, Minn. "She always said, 'No quitters in this house.' I thought Errol really followed that through with his NFL career.... Everything Errol did, he did with determination."

George Jackson