Jani Lane, Ex-Warrant Singer, Found Dead

August 11, 2011

Jani Lane, the former frontman of the rock band Warrant, was found dead earlier this evening at a Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California. He was 47.

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Details surrounding Lane’s death are scant, with TMZ reporting only that his body was found at the hotel this evening and no official cause of death has been made available.

Lane has had a string of run ins with the law in the last few years. In 2009, he was arrested after running into a parked car and was charged with misdemeanor DUI. He was sentenced to two days in jail and three years probation. In May of 2010, he was arrested yet again after being pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence. It was his second DUI conviction and therefore was sentenced to six months in jail. It’s so sad that he wasn’t able to overcome his demons.

Lane was born John Kennedy Oswald and went by ‘Jani Lane’ in the mid 80’s. He joined Warrant in 1986, together with his Plain Jane bandmate Steven Sweet. Warrant’s 1989 debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, saw three singles hit the Top 40 – ‘Heaven’, ‘Sometimes She Cries’ and ‘Down Boys’. They saw even bigger success with their second album, Cherry Pie, which was released in the summer of 1990. The singles ‘Cherry Pie’ and ‘I Saw Red’ both were Top 10 hits. That was the height of their success, and with alternative music quickly on the scene, it was difficult for the band to compete. Lane left Warrant in 2004, but would return in 2008. His stay was brief, leaving the band for good later that year.

Bret Michaels took to Twitter to express his sympathy to Lane’s family, tweeting:

“We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI.”

Our sentiments are the same. RIP Jani Lane.

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Photos: www.wenn.com/Aaron D. Settipane/Dimitri Halkidis/Rachel Worth

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