Former Warrant singer Jani Lane was found dead earlier this evening in a LA hotel room. According to TMZ, Lane’s body was discovered at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, CA. At the moment, a cause of death has not been revealed. Lane was 47 years old.
Lane is best known for his work with Warrant, whose debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, came out in 1989. That and the follow-up, 1990’s Cherry Pie, both went multi-platinum before hair metal ran out of steam several years later, and the band’s hits “Heaven” and “Cherry Pie” are what the band are best known for. The singer had been in and out of the band multiple times, having most recently been kicked out six months after rejoining the group in 2008. During his time out of the group, Lane pursued a solo career, though it never matched the success of Warrant.
Lane had a history with alcohol and drug abuse, having gone in and out of rehab for treatment. His addictions led to multiple run-ins with the law, with him most recently having been ordered to serve 120 days in jail after being arrested for a DUI back in May, 2010 (his second time in two years).
Details are still developing. Our condolences to Lane’s family and friends.