Warrant Lead Singer Jani Lane Found Dead
Warrant singer Jani Lane has been found dead at 47. According to People, the frontman for the band was discovered dead at the Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, California, Thursday night. He only was 47. No cause of death has been announced.
“We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss,” Bret Michaels Tweeted in response to the sad news. “Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI.”
Warrant, a glam metal band, burst onto the scene in 1989. They released five albums and postied global sales of over $10 million. Lane, whose real name is John Kennedy Oswald, was the band’s main songwriter; he wrote Warrant’s big hit “Cherry Pie,” in addition to “Heaven,” “Down Boys” and “Sometimes She Cries.” Lane left the band and came back a few times, but left for good in 2008. The band continued without him, going on a reunion tour and releasing a new album in May of this year. According to MTV, Lane released a solo album, Back Down to One, in 2003. He also did some acting, appeared on VH1′s “Celebrity Fit Club” in 2005 and toured with Great White in 2010 as a fill-in lead vocalist.
Lane has had a history of alcohol-related arrests. In 2009, he pleaded no contest to crashing into a parked car. It’s not yet know if his death was alcohol-related.
Check out Warrant’s hit Cherry Pie: