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Former Warrant Singer Jani Lane Found Dead In A Hotel Room

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Former Warrant vocalist Jani Lane was reprtedly found dead at the Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, California yesterday evening (August 11th.) He was only 47 years old. So far, no cause of death has been confirmed. More information will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.

Lane was born in Akron, Ohio and would find fame singing with Warrant, with whom he recorded seven albums, before releasing a solo album entitled, "Back Down To One." He also had stints with the bands Saints Of The Underground and Great White, who helped out by performing as a touring vocalist while their singer Jack Russell was ill.

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1. lettie bones writes:

Everyone has the same thought running through their heads....,regardless, it's a shame anyone should die so young. Especially heartbreaking for his children.

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 6:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. batmanzlegacy writes:

^ this

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 7:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. MPH2203 writes:

Saw him perform many times, most recently and last at Rocklahoma with Warrant. Stage presence and voice were incredible. The music community has lost another true rock star! Thoughts and Prayers go out to his family!

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 8:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. spiral_architect writes:

jani lane finally found the "heaven" he was singing about........

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. brandedcfh420 writes:

no big loss.............

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Rychemn writes:

Holy sh#t......this is terrible news, another eighties icon has passed away.....I really need to quit smoking!!!! R.I.P....Jani

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. R10 writes:

Truly tragic because of his age,and the fact he left behind a wife and four children. Condolences to the mans family.

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 11:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Netromancer writes:

These dudes have to get it through their heads that "reliving the glory-days" doesn't have to mean loading yourself up with dope and booze. Especially when you have a family. Doing the stuff at 47 that you did at 27 usually precedes being found dead in a hotel.

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 11:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Weresanctuary writes:

A lot of people make fun of "Hair Metal/Rock" from the 80's but they influenced the music of today along with everything that came before them. Not everyone knows Jani Lane but you should respect him for what he accomplished during his musical career. Really, Is there anything better than the video for "Cherry Pie" or the song for that matter? RIP Jani. You will be missed.

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 12:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. WOLF7 writes:

Really a shame. No suprise though.

When I saw him in a documentary saying "I could shoot myself in the head for writing that song" on Cherry Pie, looking miserable as hell, I really felt here's a guy who's just looking for an excuse to 'get outta here'.

I doubt he died of 'natural causes' so it's really a shame he couldn't beat his own personal demons.

RIP.

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 1:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. brandedcfh420 writes:

@ #9s last sentence: MORE THAN YOU KNOW!!

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 2:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. sweet cherry pie writes:

You do not get 6 feet under unfortunately :(

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 3:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. WOLF7 writes:

Branded, how about a little empathy and respect?

Ok, so clearly you didn't like his music, and frankly, I don't care about Warrant nor Great White either.

Nevertheless, he was still a music biz pro who never claimed to be "the best" in anything, and judging by his history, not a bad guy at all, with the exception of few intoxicated lapses.

There are so many a-holes in the music biz, trying to talk everybody down / stab everybody in the back.
Clearly this man wasn't one of them.

Warrant had a pretty good run back in the day with their glam rock / pop hard rock tunes. And it's not Warrant's fault MTV turned them into THAT horrible "Cherry Pie" band.

This guy was no criminal, twisted mind nor a terrorist, just a guy trying to make a living making music.

Now, what's wrong with that?

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 3:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Hellspawn writes:

Props to comment #13, bringing a dose of civil language to the discussion. The man had a family and friends, no matter what your opinion of his music may be.

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 4:49 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. BrianMN writes:

OMG, Jani Winehouse!
Sorry, poor taste.
Jani, like Amy has been self destructing for years now.
It's such a pity but not surprising.
Another loss.
I loved and still love hair metal.
I always thought Warrant was a clear step above most hair metal.
Yeah, on DRFST it was pretty generic glam but Cherry Pie took the band to a whole other level.
It's too bad grunge happened when it did as the much underappreciated Dog Eat Dog was probably Warrant at their most varied, experimental and best.
Get ready to laugh but when Dimmu tossed ICS I always thought Jani's voice (not him personally) would have been a great replacement.
His vocals and ICS have a similar tone to them.
Beautiful.
An amazing songwriter.
An amazing vocalist that was taken down by his own demons.
My thoughts and best wishes to his family and friends.
RIP

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. hellrat writes:

^yeah, great...

Wolf brother, what's wrong with that is that its another LA rockstar addict killing himself off in chronic overindulgence in a fvcking COMFORT INN room about twenty miles from his residence containing his family, his progeny

Its fvcking pathetic and fvcking disgusting and should not be defended or justified....fvck that goddamned PC load of frikken bullsh!t man

Bummer for those that loved him...rip off of a deal

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 4:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. hellrat writes:

sorry Bri...opening words were for HellSpawn

and I'd never had anything against the dude, he never bugged me at all...until now eh

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 5:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. hellrat writes:

** "...nothing against Jani Lane..."

not you, Hellspawn :)

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 5:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. don lopez writes:

sad the band called smile empty soul has a song called L.A. river. another one lost to the L.A. river listen to the song you will know what im talkn about .

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. wilco writes:

no matter what branded thinks sorry bro hhahah
did like this band
sucks donkeyass that he is dead rip brother

# Aug 12, 2011 @ 7:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. WOLF7 writes:

Cheers Hellspawn. Great to see someone around here gets my point.

HR, Ok, fair enough. There's no question - in my mind anyway - that he died by his own hand, be it directly or indirectly. But to me, the tragedy is how he got that way.

I don't think Warrant deserved all the Beavis and Butthead / MTV loathing. Actually to me Warrant is a great example of how media destroys bands. MTV literally made Warrant "the band to hate". And that's disgusting.

And no. I'm no fan. Just saying.

# Aug 13, 2011 @ 2:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. brandedcfh420 writes:

look, he was another rocker who got famous and he hated a song he made!!! ITS THE SONG THAT BROUGHT HIM FAME! But he let it bring him down because he was remembered as the "cherry pie guy" (his words). SO WHAT, AT LEAST THE PEOPLE REMEMBERED HIM!! But he had to cry about it like a kid being called a name at school. How many bands have never even had 1 ounce of success he had?? TOO MANY TO COUNT!! I could have went off and really talked some sh!t, but i said no big loss, and im getting asked to show empathy and respect. Considering he was been going downhill for years now, BY HIS OWN CHOICE, it gets no empathy from me. As for respect, meh, he made it big, congrats to him. In an interview i saw about him, he said "I could kill myself for writing that song", well, maybe it finally came true!!

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23. Hellspawn writes:

Hahahahaha Hellrat your comments cracked me up, good stuff man.

# Aug 13, 2011 @ 10:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. GORECUNT writes:

Rest in peace Jani Lane

# Aug 13, 2011 @ 10:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. WOLF7 writes:

Oh well, each to their own.

Many people these days are proud to be cold and emotionless and consider sympathy and empathy as a weaknesses.

Well, I disagree and I'm actually proud of the fact that I'm not one of them. Call me what you want.

# Aug 13, 2011 @ 2:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. brandedcfh420 writes:

I DONT LOOK AT EITHER SYMPATHY OR EMPATHY AS WEAKNESS, NOT AT ALL!!!! But in certain situations I can have neither for specific reasons!! The people I have sympathy for is his family. They are the ones having to deal with this now.

# Aug 13, 2011 @ 2:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Tricialynn writes:

I've never lost my love for the hair bands...and Warrant is one of my favorites. R.I. P. Jani.

# Aug 13, 2011 @ 5:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. ReaperOfBodom writes:

RIP my metal brother...

# Aug 13, 2011 @ 6:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. thadeus writes:

RIP my metal brother.Bless you & your family.

# Aug 13, 2011 @ 9:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. -Metal_Rapture- writes:

Branded it seems you view these matters in very one dimensional concepts. His family definitely deserves sympathy, but to say that, you can't belittle the one they love and still think you hold that to be true. Sometimes we can't see or feel what others are going through, but we can atleast try to understand and for that I give kudos to wolf. People like you are how people end up like that in the first place, they are shunned and given no empathy by people with no integrity or courage in dealing with matters outside their own realm or conventions. If you lose someone you care about, I hope no one belittles them the way you do to others.

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31. brandedcfh420 writes:

Rapture: you are correct I do look at certain things "1-dimensional". If people choose to go downhill from their own choices (as did i and lost my 2 daughters) I feel the person who makes the choices has to take full responsibility (as did i). WHY SHOULD I SHOW EMPATHY FOR A ROCK STAR WHO WHINED AND B!TCHED ABOUT A SONG THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS??!! Come on people, he is the one who made his life hell for it, not anyone else!! He got famous, his band toured the world, and in the end he wasnt happy with the way people remembered him. BOO HOO!! He left his family in a situation that they do not deserve to be in! THATS THE TRULLY SAD PART!! I have lost people I cared about: 1 died from drugs, 1 died from drunk driving. AND I LOOK AT THEIR DEATHS AS THEIR OWN FKN FAULT! AND MANY PEOPLE BELITTLED THEM FOR IT AS WELL! Regardless of how I felt about them, it was their choices and their fault they died. And I made sure to point that out to everyone who was broken up about it, (Dont cry too hard, they died from their own stupidity)!! Yes it made people hate me for it, but in the end they agreed. Im just a person who sees peoples choices and looks at it as their own personal fault. Now his family has to take the brunt of this embarrassing fiasco and thats not right at all.
R.I.P. CHERRY PIE GUY!!

# Aug 14, 2011 @ 9:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Hammerheart writes:

Telling somebody that they died from their own stupidity is hardly comforting them. That's about the worst thing you could tell somebody who just lost a friend or family member, branded.

# Aug 14, 2011 @ 1:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. brandedcfh420 writes:

well, i never said i was the nicest guy in the world. but im not a sugar coating guy of person. i say it as it is. considering they were my friends as well, and having told them to lay off their "stupidity" before their deaths, makes their deaths even more ironic for them. They chose to ignore me, their families, and everyone trying to get through to them about their lives. BUT HEY, LETS ALL CRY RIVERS FOR PEOPLE WHO CHOOSE TO SLOWLY KILL THEMSELVES AND LIVE IN THEIR OWN WORLDS OF SEVERLY BAD CHOICES!! Look at me however you will, i dont care, im just tired of all the bleeding hearts crying for people who chose to have their lives end in situations that could have been avoided!!!!

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34. anonymous writes:

R.I.P. Mr.LANE. Dog Eat Dog was your guys best and most underrated album!!

# Aug 14, 2011 @ 6:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Hammerheart writes:

To be fair, I never said that Jani Lane didn't do stupid things, because he did..but it's always tragic when someone's life ends way before their time, regardless of whether or not people like the band he was in.

# Aug 15, 2011 @ 12:49 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. MooseDrool writes:

I heard the news of Jani's passing this saturday at Rockin' The Rivers here in Montana while watching Rock Sugar waiting to see Ace Frehley and Bachman & Turner and honestly it was saddening news regaurdless of how it happend or why, I saw Warrant live before and thought they rocked it, Jani was very supportive of his band and was there hanging out with his fans. Lots of respect for him. For the ones who loved Jani and/or were close to Jani this is very sad and I send my prayers out to you and his family, for the ones who maybe don't care about this, it's a shame you didn't see the good that came from Jani.

R.I.P brother hope to see you again someday.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 3:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. voxmonster writes:

He was on a downward spiral. I feel sorry for his kids. There are many 80's guys that I thought would end up in the same place, but they changed and live to talk about it. Unfortunate, but not unexpected. I saw Warrant in my home town about 7 years ago and he was so wasted he didn't know what town he was in. I feel sorry for his family and kids, but if his own family didn't see this coming, they must have not been to close.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 10:26 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. pyrettagreen writes:

RIP jani, one less metal head, regardless if you like it or not, is never any good

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39. ZMA writes:

They just keep falling. RIP.

# Aug 16, 2011 @ 10:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. OlafBerzerker writes:

it coulda been worse Jani, you coulda been the lead singer of White Lion. Godspeed

# Aug 17, 2011 @ 11:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. HE HE HE HE writes:

U GUYS ARE CONFUSED.....BRET MICHAELS IS THE ONE WHO DIED...WARRANT KICKED SINGER OUT....HE DIDNT DIE......YET

# Aug 24, 2011 @ 9:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. don lopez writes:

branded or what ever your name is u must not have a girl or a life .you are always leaving comments.get a girl and a life .stop spending so much time on the computer.

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