||EX-WARRANT SINGER JANI LANE RIP
12th August 2011
Jani Lane, vocalist of 80s glamrockers Warrant, was found dead in an LA hotel last night.
The Los Angeles Police Department announced that Jani, 47, was pronounced dead at the Comfort Inn Hotel, LA, by the Fire Department, who responded to a call shortly before 5.30pm yesterday.
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Although no official cause of death has been pronounced yet, it is evident that 47-year-old Jani had a history of alcohol-related issues.
Jani was probably most famous for writing the glam classic, 'Cherry Pie'. The double entendre-filled video for the song, packed with a bevy of beauties, was an MTV favourite when it was released in 1990.
Jani was born John Kennedy Oswald on 1st February 1964 in Akron, Ohio, youngest of five children. Learning to play drums at the age of 4, he was bashing skins in clubs by the age of 11 under the name 'Mitch Dynomite'.
After vocal training, Jani (a reference to his German grandparents' pronunciation of his real name, 'Johnny') sang in various bands before being spotted by Warrant's Erik Turner, who asked him to join the band in 1986.
Many of Jani's peers have expressed their condolences via Twitter, including Slash, Tommy Lee, Steven Adler and Stephen Pearcy. Poison's Brett Michaels said:
"We'd like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss. Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI."
And Nikki Sixx tweeted:
"I just heard the sad news about Jani Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP."
Warrant, meanwhile, are on the bill for this October's Firefest in Nottingham, with ex-Lynch Mob singer Robert Mason, who's been fronting the band since 2008 (pic below).