LOS ANGELES (BNO NEWS) — The former lead singer of rock group Warrant, Jani Lane, was found dead at a hotel in Los Angeles on late Thursday afternoon, police said on Friday. He was 47.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics arrived at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodlands Hill, a district of Los Angeles, at approximately 5.30 p.m. local time after a 9-1-1 call was received.
“When emergency personnel arrived, the Fire Department pronounced the death of a 47-year-old man, later identified as Jani Lane, the lead singer of the popular rock band Warrant,” a police spokesperson said. “The cause of death is unknown and the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office is conducting an investigation into Mr. Lane’s death.”
Born John Kennedy Oswald in Akron, Ohio, Lane is probably best remembered for being the frontman of glam metal band ‘Warrant,’ which was formed in 1984 by Erik Turner. In 1986, Lane joined the group, recording eight albums with the band and writing several Top 40 hit singles, including ‘Heaven,’ ‘Down Boys,’ ‘I Saw Red,’ and ‘Cherry Pie.’
Lane left Warrant in 1993 but returned on several occasions to record a number of more albums while beginning his solo career. He also appeared in a couple of short-budget films, including 1991s ‘High Strung.’ Lane, who remained active and even toured last year with Great White, substituting for singer Jack Russell, was also featured in VH1′s ‘Celebrity Fit Club 2′ in 2005.