Warrant Front Man Jani Lane Dies At 47

Written by Michael Lambarde on Aug. 12, 2011

The front man to the band Warrant, Jani Lane, was found dead in his Los Angeles Comfort Inn hotel Thursday night. Lane was found in Woodland Hills, about 25 miles outside of Los Angeles.

His cause of death has not been yet revealed but he has a long history with alcohol-related incidents within the years. In June of 2008, he was taken into police custody for for crashing into a parked car, and was still on a three years probation stemming from that incident at the time of his death. In 2010, he was also arrested for a similar incident and had to face 120 days in jail.

Lane joined the band Warrant in 1986, two years after guitarist Erik Turner started it all. The group went on to write hits such as Down Boys, Heaven, and Sometimes She Cries. During his duration during the band, he had left the band three times and most recently left in 2008 before shortly returning.

Following the revelation of his death, 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, and also of the band Fozzy, described him as being “underrated”. “Sad to hear about the passing of Jani Lane,” Jericho wrote. “Jani was a good guy and one of the best songwriters in the late 80s Dog Eat Dog-very underrated.”