Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead in Hotel

By Beth Stebner
|  Friday, Aug 12, 2011  |  Updated 8:29 AM CDT
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Jani Lane, the former frontman and lead singer for the 80’s metal rock band Warrant, has been found dead in Los Angeles.

The singer, 47, was found Thursday in a Los Angeles-area Comfort Inn, and pronounced dead at the scene by the LAPD.

According to NBC News, the LAPD received a 911 phone call early Thursday evening for a death investigation. Emergency personnel pronounced the man, later identified as Lane, dead at the scene.

While the cause of death is still unknown, coroner's officials will be conducting an investigation into Lane's death.

The singer, born John Kennedy Oswald, had a troubled history with alcohol and was arrested several times because of it. In 2009, Lane was taken into custody for reporting crashing into a parked car, the Hollywood Reporter says.

His group Warrant was most famous for "Cherry Pie," which Lane penned. It was a top hit in 1990 and featured a guitar solo by Poison's C.C. Deville. Their power-ballad "Heaven" and "I Saw Red" were also chart-toppers.

In more recent years, Lane was on shows like VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" and was arrested for drunk driving, according to the Associated Press.

Stars took to social media to tweet and blog condolences. Comedian and "30 Rock" actor Judah Friedlander tweeted, "RIP Janie Lane [sic]. Heaven just got more awesome."

Selected Reading: THR, TMZ, AP

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