Jani Lane, former lead singer of the ’80s glam metal group Warrant, was found dead in a Southern California motel Thursday night, according to reports. He was 47.
No cause of death has been announced. Lane’s body was found at the Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, reports TMZ.com.
“We’d like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jani Lane regarding their loss,” longtime friend Bret Michaels Tweeted Thursday night. “Respectfully, Bret and all at MEGI.”
Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx added: “I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP.”
Born in Akron, Ohio, Lane (real name: John Kennedy Oswald) had a history of alcohol-related arrests, including his plea of no contest in 2009 to crashing into a parked car. He was placed on probation for three years, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Joining Warrant in 1986, Lane was the band’s main songwriter, responsible for their 1990 hit “Cherry Pie,” as well as “Heaven,” “Down Boys” and “Sometimes She Cries.”
He left Warrant to go solo for the third and final time in 2008.
On Lane’s website, he wrote in this undated message: “I married the girl from the ‘Cherry Pie’ video, Bobbie Brown, and we had a daughter, Taylar. She s 19 now and going to college on a journalism scholarship. I m very proud of her!”