The autopsy of Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the band Warrant, proved to be inconclusive on Friday, according to the Los Angeles Country coroner’s office. The cause of death will be determined once the toxicology tests come in, which could take up to two months to complete.
However, many that were close to Lane have already assumed that alcohol played a role in his death at just 47-years-old. Obi Steinman, a good friend and his manager told E! that “he lost his battle over alcohol”. He also talked about his well-documented battle with alcohol addiction over the past two years.
“He was one of the great rock-and-roll frontmen and singers of all time. His music helped shape the ‘80s,” Steinman said.
Lane was found dead in a Comfort Inn hotel on Thursday night just 25 miles outside of Los Angeles in Woodland Hills.
According to investigators who searched Lane’s hotel room, a half-empty bottle of vodka was found as well as prescription medication. TMZ reports that the death is being treated as “an accidental overdose or possible death from natural causes”.
Following his death, former Warrant bandmates issued a joint statement on the former band member. “We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jani’s passing,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Jani was a very important part of our lives for a long time. We will always be incredibly proud of the music we created together. He was a true talent and will be missed by all of us.”
A tribute for Lane took place Friday during a Warrant concert in Gand Forks, North Dakota.
Lane has a long history with alcohol-related incidents within the past few years. In 2008, police took him into custody for crashing into a parked car while under the influence and was given a three year probation for the incident. He then was arrested for a similar incident just two years later while still under probation and was jailed for 120 days.
Lane joined Warrant band in 1986, two years after Erik Turner started it all. Hits the band performed included Down Boys and Heaven.
Shortly after the death of Lane on Thursday, fellow rocker Bret Michaels tweeted, “We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at Megi.”
Former WWE wrestler Chris Jericho of the band Fozzy noted that he was “underrated”.