R.I.P. – Jani Lane (1964-2011)
Jani Lane, the former singer of hard rock band Warrant, has died. He was just 47.
According to TMZ, police found Lane’s body in a room in a Woodland Hills, California Comfort Inn hotel. Right now, no official cause of death has been released.
Lane penned Warrant’s most famous songs including “Cherry Pie,” “Heaven” and “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Over the years, Lane and the remaining members of Warrant had a tumultuous relationship. Lane left and rejoined the band several times, most recently reuniting with the original members in 2008. This reunion lasted only a few months and Lane was permanently replaced in Warrant by vocalist Robert Mason. In between his time with Warrant, Lane worked on several solo projects and toured with other 80s metal acts.
In the past, Lane suffered publicly with alcohol addiction and pleaded no contest to DUI in 2010. Lane appeared on VH1s ‘Celebrity Fit Club 2′ in 2005.
Another sad and tragic loss in the Hard Rock community. Unfortunately Jani Lane had his problems with different addictions and it made the later part of his life and career hard at times, especially with his former band Warrant who have replaced him twice for their last two studio album. Back in the day I liked Warrant but, after reading all the controversy and problems in the Internet age, I had a major Warrant backlash especially with Jani Lane. Despite the guy’s issues, dying at age 47 is a sad tragedy that should have never happened. Hopefully, Jani is now at peace. Condolences go out to Jani’s family, friends and fans…..may his memory live on in the music he created.