Heavy metal demigod Jani Lane, the former lead singer of Warrant who penned the 80’s hair band hit Cherry Pie and rock ballad Heaven, was found dead in a California hotel room Thursday. He was 47 years old.
Details about the death are scarce, but Lane struggled with alcohol abuse for years. Shortly after the release of his 2003 solo album Back Down to One he went to rehab for alcohol and drugs. In 2010 he pled no contest to DUI charges and was ordered to spend 120 days in jail and complete a 30-month alcohol education program in addition to losing his license for three years.
Lane left Warrant in 2004 because of what he called a business disagreement, only to rejoin his bandmates for a short-lived 2008 reunion lasting only four months.
He was featured on Celebrity Fit Club 2 and was scheduled to appear on VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show in October.
More trouble may have been brewing in Lane’s personal life. Lane’s marriage to third wife Kimberly may have been on the rocks, according to a June report in Metal Sludge.
Before Lane went to jail for his DUI arrest, he said, “My true hope is that anyone out there dealing with personal problems… the consequences do not get lighter. I can only say I’ve never regretted a good decision or action and never been proud of bad ones. People have an astounding ability to forgive… I have to start with forgiving myself. That is something that I find far more difficult than I imagined. I think it starts with gratitude.”
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