Warrant Singer Jani Lane Dead At 47

August 12, 2011

Jani Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald), the former lead singer of the of 1980s hair-metal band Warrant, has died in Los Angeles. He was 47.

Police report that Lane’s body was found Thursday in a Woodland Hills hotel, but no immediate information on the cause or circumstances of his death.

With his long blond hair and tight leather outfits, Lane embodied the excess of 1980s “hair metal” rock bands. He joined Warrant in 1984 and wrote such hits as “Heaven,” “Down Boys” and “Cherry Pie.”

He had an on-and-off relationship with the band, leaving it in 1992 before returning and quitting again several times.

Lane struggled with alcohol over the years, pleading no contest to misdemeanor DUI in 2009 after an arrest for reportedly crashing into a parked car. A similar incident sent him to jail for 120 days in 2010. In recent years, he appeared in VH1′s “Celebrity Fit Club” and and toured with Great White in 2010 as a fill-in lead vocalist.

He is survived by two daughters from two previous marriages.


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