Warrant’s Jani Lane Died of Alcohol Poisoning
The '80s rocker was found dead in a motel room in Los Angeles in August.
Jani Lane, the former frontman of Warrant, died of alcohol poisoning, the Los Angeles coronor determined.
The singer, who wrote and sang several hits for the group, including “Cherry Pie,” “I Saw Red” and “Down Boys,” was found dead in August in a Los Angeles motel room. He was 47. At the time, the autoposy was inconclusive and toxicology tests were still pending.
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The coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said the cause of death was acute ethanol intoxication, City News Service reported Wednesday.
Lane, whose real name was John Kennedy Oswald left the 1980s glam band Warrant in 2008. The singer had a history of alcohol-related arrests. He was taken into custody in June 2009 for reportedly crashing into a parked car. A year later, he was arrested for a similar incident that landed him in jail for 120 days.
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When Lane’s body was found at the Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, Slash, Bret Michaels and other rockers expressed their sympathies.
“We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss,” wrote former bandmate Michaels. “Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI.”
A group of bands, including Great White, Quiet Riot, LA Guns, Enuff Z'nuff and Slammin' Gladys, performed a tribute concert for Lane on August 29 in Los Angeles. His former band, Warrant, also paid tribute to the lead singer with a show in North Dakota.