Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead at Comfort Inn

August 12, 2011 By:
Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead at Comfort Inn

Jani Lane, 47, the lead singer of 1980's hair-metal band Warrant passed away last night in a hotel room.

Found at a Comfort Inn last night in Woodland HIlls, Ca there is no cause of death as of press time.

Lane, whose real name is John Kennedy Oswald, was best known for penning the Warrant hit, "Cherry Pie" in 1990. He first joined the band in 1986, their first album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich boasted several hits such as "Heaven" and "Down Boys," but it was only their "Cherry Pie" in 1990 that made them hair-metal superstars.

Lane left the band several times over the years, once in 1993 and again in 2004, before returning for a few concerts with Warrant in 2008 after which he left the band permanently.

Lane resurfaced again in 2005 when he joined the cast of VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club."

Although no cause of death is known at this time, TMZ is reporting that a half empty bottle of vodka and prescription medicine were found at the hotel room and that Lane struggled with alcoholism over the years with DUI's in 2009 and 2010.

A spokesperson for the L.A. Coroner's office tells RadarOnline.com that an autopsy will be performed today but results could take up to 4-6 weeks.

Friends of Lane and friends of Warrant have been tweeting their condolences.

Poison singer Bret Michaels tweets, "We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI."

Slash from Guns N' Roses says, "Just heard about Jani Lane. What a shame. RIP man."

Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx adds, "I just heard the sad news about Jani Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP."

Martha Quinn a former MTV VJ during Warrant's "Cherry Pie" fame, "Super sad news. Jani Lane, dead at 47. His body found in a So Cal hotel. No cause yet. #RIP Jani Lane."

Pro-wrestler and musician Chris Jericho has kind words, "So sad to hear about the passing of Jani Lane...Jani was a good guy and one of the best songwriters in the late 80's...Dog Eat Dog - very underrated."

Before his death Lane has recently updated his official website to say that he married the girl from the "Cherry Pie" video and has since remarried and has two daughters. He also recently taped an appearance on the talk show, "That Metal Show," on VH1 classic.