A coroner's official says an autopsy on Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, did not reveal what killed the rocker whose body was found in a Woodland Hills. He was 47.
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Friday the cause of death will be determined after results from toxicology and other tests are received. Winter says that process may take up to two months.
The rock star who was known for his blond locks and leather garb was discovered in a Comfort Inn hotel room about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. The cause of death was not immediately determined.
With his long blond hair and tight leather outfits, Lane embodied the excess of 1980s "hair metal" rock bands. He joined Warrant in 1984 and wrote such hits as "Down Boys," "Uncle Tom's Cabin," "Cherry Pie" and the 1989 ballad"Heaven," the band's highest charter, according to Billboard.com
Born in Akron, Ohio, as John Kennedy Oswald – a nod to the president who was assassinated the year before his birth – he began using the name "Jani Lane" around 1983 and a few years later moved to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with his Warrant bandmates.
The band's first two albums – "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" in 1989 and "Cherry Pie" in 1990 – sold more than 2 million each and went double-platinum.
Lane had an on-and-off relationship with the band, leaving it in 1992 before returning and quitting again several times, leaving for good in 2008. In recent years he was arrested twice for driving under the influence and served time in jail.
In recent years, he appeared in VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" and made news for a drunken driving arrest.
He is survived by two daughters from two previous marriages. Funeral plans were not immediately announced.
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