Tragic singer Jani’s body found in California hotel room after years-long struggle with alcoholism – cause of death not confirmed

Jane Lane, 1964-2011

Former Warrant singer Jani Lane has been found dead in a California hotel room. He was 47.

Lane, real name John Kennedy Oswald, wrote some of the band’s biggest hits including Cherry Pie, Heaven, I Saw Read and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

He split with Warrant in 2008 after a second stint fronting the band which lasted just six months. He’d left in 1993 then rejoined a year later before departing again in 2004.

He’d struggled with alcoholism for many years – a problem which he recently admitted was beginning to affect his health.

In February this year he cancelled a solo tour two days before it was meant to commence, without giving a reason. Last month he was ordered to serve 120 days in jail after pleading no contest to a charge of drunk driving, following his arrest in May.

Lane had been in rehab on more than one occasion, and in a recent interview spoke of his determination to beat his drink problem.

He said: “In the last year I’ve suffered consequences from drinking that I’ve never suffered before. It’s made me take a step back and go, ‘Is this how you want to finish up?’ The answer is ‘No’.

“I don’t like these consequences. I don’t like how it affects my family and my career. To be honest I get tired of giving ammo to the people who don’t wish me well.”

Lane’s last recorded TV appearance was filmed last month for VH1′s That Metal Show, and is due for broadcast on October 1. Stryper singer Michael Sweet, who also appeared, says: “I had the pleasure of meeting him on set and he was a great guy. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.”

Glenn Hughes of Black Country Communion, who’s often spoken about his own struggle with addiction issues, says: “It’s a sad day. We must remember that the unlucky ones who lose their life to alcohol and drugs are those who could not completely surrender.”

Former Guns n’Roses drummer Steven Adler says: “Jani, you were a great talent. The world will miss you.” Mark Slaughter of Slaughter says: “Fly to the angels, Jani. Rest in peace my friend.”

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