Jani Lane, the troubled lead singer of the late 1980s band Warrant, was found dead in a hotel room in Woodland Hills, California. Vodka and prescription medication were found in Lane's room. Police are treating the death as an accidental overdose, until an autopsy can be performed.
Lane, 47, had a long struggle with alcoholism and drugs, as well as a history of DUIs over the past few years, including one for crashing into a parked car in 2009.
Warrant's debut album, 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich,' established them a metal hair band while their follow-up album, 'Cherry Pie,' featured a hit single of the same name, which Lane wrote on the back of a pizza box. He married model Bobbie Brown, who starred in the 'Cherry Pie' video, in 1991, but they divorced in 1993.
Warrant released eight albums, but eventually lost favor with the public when grunge bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam took over the airwaves. Lane left Warrant three times after joining in 1986 and finally left for good in 2008. The band released their new album 'Rockaholic' in May of 2011.
Lane released one unsuccessful solo effort in 2002 and toured as the replacement singer for Great White in 2010.
"We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Jani's passing," Warrant said in a statement. "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." Fellow rocker Slash called Lane's death "a shame."
Warrant will reportedly be paying tribute to their late member tonight during a show in Grand Forks, North Dakota. They have posted a tribute video on YouTube (see below).
Sullivan Brigg, who repped Jani for seven years and remained close friends with him, told E! News, "He was an incredible and gifted musician and a dear friend, but he had a lot of problems. It's no secret that Jani's had a difficult time for many years. Our genre of music has lost a real legend. I'll miss him."