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BREAKING: Jani Lane, Dead at 47

Breaking news via TMZ - Jani Lane, original singer of Warrant, has died. Jani was just 47. His body was found in a room in a Woodland Hills, California Comfort Inn hotel. No official cause of death has been released, so I don't want to speculate. Let's raise one to Jani - and Warrant - tonight. I'm very sad right now. Peace.

Reader Comments (24)

R.I.P. Jani! Another one gone too soon.
August 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterguitarob

Gotta admit, I was never a big fan of Jani... but that news just hit like a kick in the guts.

The guy deserved better (and longer)... So sad.
August 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKiki Chrome
Sad to hear that he died alone in a freaking Comfort Inn hotel. I only saw Warrant once-opening for Poison on Oct 31, 1990. It was either that or Mc Hammer/Vanilla Ice/Boyz II Men
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill
:( Not a Warrant fan at all but this is very sad news. He was actually a very talented singer and songwriter. R.I.P. Jani.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteri'mtheone
Great song writer. Whatever your opinion of the man, this is a tragedy. R.I.P.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGEO II
This really sucks. He seemed to have his stuff under control. I wonder if his body just gave out after all the abuse. I was just thinking about his Jabberwocky Cd earlier today.
Also, I don;t know why someone has to declare if they liked someone or not before the condolence. Just seems odd to me.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterscott whitt
Sad situation, all the way around. He is only 2 years older than myself. Wasn't a big fan, was disappointed in his performance at the Metal Mania Unplugged show I went to in Baltimore in 2006 because he was as drunk as a skunk. My main memory of that was watching Kip Winger then - the expression on his face was incredulous, as if he couldn't believe that was happening. That was just after Jani had gone through the rehab thing that was recorded for VH1, if I remember right.

There's going to be all kinds of speculation as to how he died, which will make the airwaves. Disgusting, really, but normal. If it was drug related it will be all over the news, but if he died of something else, it'll be sent to the back page, if at all.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChessie >^..^<
scot whitt-I can only speak for myself. I'm being respectful even though I'm not a fan..nothing more; nothing less. The man was talented and his death is a waste..regardless whether one is fan or not.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteri'mtheone
Very sad.

For those unfamiliar with the Saints of the Underground, check it out. One of Lane's most underrated efforts.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJT
I only finally got 'Under the influence' in the mail today and so I was listening to this and thinking about the poor choices Jani has made, so it was odd for me to think about that ( I was never the biggest warrant fan ) and get online to see this. As an outsider, I can only say it's a shame, but obviously the real loss is to his family and friends, the people who knew the man and not just the music and the stories in the media.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Very sad. Great singer/songwriter! RIP Jani, hope you have that penny in your pocket...
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCCinChillicothe
I am sad about this, too. I saw them before they hit it big. They opened for Eddie Money @ Clarion University of PA....Not a hugh crowd, for it is a small college, and after they played, I stood out in the hall/lobby and talked to the band. Jani signed a paper, which I wish I still had, as "Luke...Go where the down boys go" he then put his peace sign up and inserted his tongue inbetweeen..(where the down boys go....he verbally repeated) NEVER EVER forget that.
I truly loved Warrant with him. Amazing writer and performer.
Jani...Rest in Peace........You will always rock and make my memories Dirty Rotten Filthly and Rich. Thanks bro.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrian L
Very sad news. Rest in peace Jani.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
RIP Jani! You rocked!
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterricksav65
He was exactly my age. As somebody who has been there, you can't continue to live "the lifestyle" into your older days,'cause it WILL catch up to you.
RIP dude, you wrote some really good tunes.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Very Sad I will miss Jani, RIP Brother.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSleaze Rocker
What can I say...I am very saddened by this news. It really did seem like he was trying to kick his demons.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob
I'm just crushed by Jani's passing. He was a good friend since Warrant's club days & a phenomenal songwriter,and an awesome singer. I really thought he had gotten past his demons and could make a comeback that would show the world how great he is.

Almost a year ago, Jani got up to sing with KIX & literally blew the doors off the place, This video shows his voice was ready for a comeback. Sadly that phenomenal voice has been silenced. Rest In Peace, my friend. Rest in Peace....

P.S. Warrant? Not even a mention on your website? Show some class guys! The man & his songs only carried you for about 10 years.
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
Stolen from Blabbermouth

According to, the current lineup of WARRANT will pay tribute to its former lead singer, Jani Lane, at its concert in North Dakota Friday night (August 12).

Guitarist Erik Turner — who co-founded the band — tells the site, "We will be making a tribute before we play the song 'Heaven' tonight."

He adds, "We never thought that when the song 'Heaven' was written we would be playing it some day in the memory of Jani's untimely death.

"This is a very sad day for rock and roll.

"One of the great things about music is that it lives on forever."
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWill
So sad I really liked Jani and what he did with Warrant.

Live forever!
August 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSam

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