R.I.P. Jani Lane (1964-2011)


We’ve got terrible news to pass along to you this morning. TMZ is reporting that Jani Lane, ex-frontman of the glam metal band Warrant, was found dead in a Los Angeles area hotel last night at the age of 47. A cause of death has yet to be determined.

Lane, along with his band, rose to fame in the late eighties when the glam (some would say “hair”) metal scene of the Sunset Strip exploded in popularity. Warrant’s debut album, Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich, was released by Columbia Records and was somewhat of an unexpected hit. The LP, powered by the smash power ballad “Heaven” (video below), cracked the Billboard Top Ten and positioned the band for even bigger things with the release of 1990′s Cherry Pie. The title track of that record, thanks in large part to its innuendo-laden lyrics, is remembered as one of the raunchier songs and videos of the era, and launched star (and future wife of Lane’s) Bobbi Brown into pin-up status.

By most accounts, the last few years have been difficult for Lane. After struggling with alcohol issues, he appeared on VH1′s Celebrity Fit Club 2 in 2005 and seemed to get his life back on track. However, he fell back into old habits and served nearly four months in jail in 2010 after receiving his second DUI. His body was found in a hotel room of the Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, California last night.

Ex-Warrant Singer Jani Lane DEAD AT 47 [TMZ]

[Photo: Getty Images]

related stories
you might like
Powered By Zergnet
  1. Teresa says:

    R.I.P. Jani Lane,
    Warrant was such a great band! I grew up listening to them and it is sad that someone with such talent had to pass so soon. You and your music will be missed. I hope the music channels will all get together and put your videos back on the air to honor your memory!

  2. Suzanne says:

    So sad. He seemed to have a troubled soul. I only wish he could’ve gotten the recognition he so rightly deserved for some of his touching lyrics. R.I.P.

  3. Kandace says:

    Damn, RIP Jani!

  4. Julie says:

    RIP sweet Jani, you gave me many hours of happiness in days past!

  5. Vinny says:

    Jani will never be forgotten! R.I.P.

  6. Wow!! I am terribly sorry to hear about Jani’s passing!!! Amy Winehouse and now Warrants front man. Who’s next? I was fortunate to meet Jani and the band at the old Red Rose Gentlemen’s Club when Warrant first made it and had seen the band in concert numerous times. I offer my condolences and deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones.

  7. bruce-dunedin,fla says:

    what a great band.jani will be missed.r.i.p

  8. Gail says:

    Dude, that so sucks! my condolences go out to his family and friends Ironically I’ve been jammin to their first album all week AWSOME Band! Jani your memory will live on forever!

  9. Thuy says:

    This is so awful :( I got chills reading the headlines. Rest in peace Jani Lane…you will be missed. :(

  10. bruce says:

    a great band.he will be missed. r.i.p jani

  11. Michelle says:

    So sad to hear this news. 80′s live on. Warrant was so hot and Jani had an awesome voice. Loved the band in my hey day and always will. You will be so missed Jani. So sorry for this very talented loss.

  12. Loretta says:

    Wow! What a loss. Warrant was agreat band…always on all my playlists. My condolences go to his family, especially to his daughter. Way too young to go. We will all miss you:(

  13. Summer says:

    Such a terrible loss :( Way too young too be gone so soon!!! Loved their music then and always will!! I had the great ooportunity to meet him and he was such a great down to earth guy. My condolences to his friends and family!!! you will be missed Jani RIP!!!

  14. bryan says:

    to the man it sadens me to here this news as a musician myself jani is a inspiration vocally and acusticly thank you for all your music and talent my deepest condolences and sympthy to his daughters and family & freinds u will be missed rip Jani i’m going to blair every warrant album i have in memory of one the greatest

  15. Music dinosaur says:

    RIP, Jani..you will be missed. What a rockin’ voice you had!

  16. Betty Dominguez says:

    **I loved this song** He wrote it and it will always be a BIG GLAM HIT FOR ALL TO REMEMBER. I was a fan, I liked you Jani Lane. You were cute!! My Peace be with you! Love you, BettyDz from S.D.

  17. Eva says:

    It’s so sad, who’s next? They all were good, but yeah especially Jani. RIP condolences to his family and friends. He’s at peace.

  18. kristina touirtou says:

    What a tragic lose to the music industry. Jani Lane will be truly missed. All of these idiots out here that want to trash his memory can stick it where the sun dont shine. Just because people have a drug or alcohol problem does not mean that people can bash them and put them down, it is an illness that some people cannot overcome, and I think it is so childish for people to down jani’s memory. I had a pleasure of hanging out with him a few times after shows he was very down to earth and was nice with my brother and I. My fondest memory is when I was at a show and when I was being picked up my daughter whom was about 9 at the time was there and she was too young to get in the club to meet the other members of warrant. When His girlfriend at the time went onto the bus and told him there was a little girl out here that has bad heart problems, he told her to bring my daughter on the bus so she could meet him and hang out for about an hour. That is the kind of person that Jani was . Jani, RIP you were a blessed soul we all loved you and will never forget all of the talent that you gave us over the years. Go on my friend and rest in heaven with your mother. You don’t have to feel any pain anymore from any of your illnesses or misfortunes, your demons cannot chase you anymore. God Bless you.

  19. nikki says:

    i did like warrent wasnt one of my fav. but i liked them an i loved that song. its so sad we just keep losing stars.

  20. Suzie says:

    Even though they ripped off Poison and Poison ripped off Motley Crue, Warrant will always be a part of my teenage years! RIP Jani Lane!!

  21. rip jani. your voice and your band were a big part of the 80′s music that we love so much. i remember seeing you and bobbie brown at fm station in north hollywood in the early 90′s. you guy’s were a great band with great song’s that will live on forever. rip jani. you are not suffering anymore. sharon andersen.

  22. misty johnson says:

    R I P Jani a wonderful talent ! I had the best time seeing warrant in concert and you were amazing! this is a very sad time for the rock world! my thought and prayers with Jani;s family and friends.

  23. LANCE says:

    This is more terrible news for the music world, and all of the Rock music fans around the world. Jani Lane was a gifted singer, and he made a lot of people happy with his music. But like all of us, he had his demons in life to contend with. I for one, am sorry that he could not win his battle with drugs. And yes, alcohol is a drug, just like all the others out there. Please don’t let drugs take your life away at a young age. And if your family members or friends have a problem, please try to help them. Death is not a friend any of us should be in a hurry to get aquanted with. I will miss Mr. Jani Lane…

  24. Star says:

    Jani Lane….I just like SAYING his name…although today everytime I said it brought tears to my eyes. This is a tragic loss. He wsa one of the best songwriters and vocalists of all time, he was SO extremely talented and unfortunately not appreciated nearly enough…and that’s part of the tragedy. His songs are TIMELESS and I think anyone with good taste and an open mind would agree. He was just REALLY something SPECIAL. As a man, as a musician, as a friend. I’ll love him and miss him forever. It was truely a blessing to have known him. R.I.P. Jani! XOXO

  25. G says:

    RIP you’ve gone where the down boys go…………….

  26. Craig S. Andersen says:

    Jani was born the same year I was.Way too young to die.
    way too talented.

  27. David32 says:


  28. Dan Suffolk says:

    Jani we will miss you brother Heaven isn’t too far away!!. R.I.P. brother love you rock on up there!!

  29. Terry says:

    OMG! I can’t believed he passed away! He was so young too! Warrant is one of my favorite bands. I loved their songs! He will truly be missed! All my prayers to his family.

  30. Elaine says:

    Harold, you are being heartless and mean, Shame on you! Thoughts and prayers to his family and other loved ones.

  31. lynette says:

    i am sorry to hear about the lead singer in your band that is a young age to die, me and my husband love your music and videos we are sorry for your family

  32. Orlando says:

    R.I.P. Jani, you Rocked and will not be missed.

  33. John says:

    This has hit me like a ton of bricks. I always loved the first 3 albums of Warrant & consider Jani the only singer of that band!!! HIs songwriting and singing talent will be greatly missed. R.I.P. Jani!!! May you recieve the peace you so rightly deserve!!!!

  34. robert says:

    rip jani lane see you in rock heaven with dio dime bag

  35. Micheal says:

    Rest in Peace Jani, when I hear Heaven I will remember all the good time that your music brought to the 80′s generation… As I sit here it is hard to believe you are gone.. To all music lovers raise your lighters one last time for Lani, we all know you are singing with the angels tonight… You are know in Heaven….

  36. Lani says:

    RIP Jani Lane

  37. colleen says:

    damn! i loved ur music! it is a truly sad day in music. u will be missed! r.i.p. jani!

  38. Aaron Walker says:

    great voice ,always nice met him in 98 ….. THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC ….

  39. Tom says:

    one of the best bands to see live RIP Jani

  40. Al Rose says:

    RIP Jani. You were one of the reasons i adore 80′s metal. I hope you are finally at peace now..you will be missed my friend.

  41. Kim says:

    This is terrible news. I was just talking about this band Warrant less than a week ago with friends. The song “Heaven” is used for a TV commercial in Canda, and was being heard quit often actually. I can’t believe it. When their videos first hit MTV and they were at their peak I had such a crush on Jani Lane. I will check out all their videos today. Rest in Peace Jani. I wish the family and friends my deepest sympathies. So Sad

  42. barbara seeds says:

    omg…may he rest in peace! he has put much joy into my life thru his music ! he will be sadly missed RIP JANI

  43. Nikki says:

    Jani was loved by many and will be deeply missed. I only hope he knew how many pepople cared for him. Love ya Jani.

  44. sheila says:

    rip jani lane… thank you for sharing your talent with the world!

  45. Margie says:

    I am a 80′s fan just like most and it is heart breaking to find this out. He is one of the great front men that can out in the hair band era, that we have to say R.I.P way to early.

  46. Rocky says:

    R.I.P ~ Jani

  47. W. Don Bennett says:

    I will miss Jani. I met him in person and shook his hand when Warrant was playing small venues, He gave it his all and was gracious even though he was having personal problems. I also saw him play in his glory years when Warrant was at their peak. Saw Warrant a few years back with a different lead singer and even though the band itself didn’t play bad the singer was awfull. I guess it is one of those cases like Van Halen where nothing can be as good as the Original.R.I.P. You and Brad Delp will always live in my heart as musicians who contributed greatly. My sympathies to his family. Harold you Suck and are obviously jealous of the Notariaty he brought to Warrant.

  48. Nancy Bozentka says:

    It is so sad to see someone so talented and so young to be fighting demons and and lose the fight. My heart goes out to his children and family.

  49. Paul says:

    Jani was a great guy. I got a chance to meet him after a show in Milwaukee on the Ultraphobic tour, and he literally gave the lead guitar player in my band the shirt off his back. He took time to hang out with us and was really a down to earth guy. I remember asking him why they didn’t play Inside Out from the Dog Eat Dog album, and he said they’d play the song for me the next night at their show in Chicago. That’s the kind of guy he was. Pretty cool in my book. Unfortunately I never made it to the Chicago show. It’s so sad to hear of his passing and he will be missed. We are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.

  50. erica torkelson says:

    hi iam so shocked iam warrants fan i rember seeing them in concertat the world theater. and buying metal edge magazines.

  51. David Kepler says:

    I love the tribute video on Youtube that has the song Stronger Now. Very fitting. RIP Jani Lane.


    very sad

  52. fujie says:

    R.I.P we wil miss one of the greats rock on

  53. dave says:

    R.I.P. Thanks for the great tunes, thanks from mogadore ohio

  54. Aces11 says:

    So Sry to hear this. My prayers will be with Jani, his Family and Friends. RIP Jani…

  55. Lee Summers says:

    R.I.P Jani Lane.another great rocker gone too soon!!! you will be missed

  56. Lisa Lupien says:

    I hope and pray that you can now find peace. God be with Bobbie, and all of your kids. Your music spoke to me in so many ways. On the way tt the hospital the night my father died, Heaven came on the radio. In some ways I feel like, ” Some things you do really make me mad I must confess”!!! I wish you could have beat this addiction! You will always be loved and thought of!! Rest In Peace!

  57. tina says:

    My condolences to his family and especially his little girl. I too was lucky to meet Jani and the band in toronto, ont on their first tour and seen them several times in concert during the years

  58. David Rice says:

    the reason our rock stars are dying off at such a young age, is due to the fact they can’t hold their alcohol. I have lost family member, friends, and so on because of alcohol. I can’t stand it when I hear of some rock star who has been found dead because of booze or drugs.

  59. Sue Zeaken says:

    Jani…….I have loved you from the day we first met…..I will miss you..until we meet in Heaven….
    Rock on!!! Sue

  60. Sharon Lady of the Lake says:

    When I was told that someone from Warrant was found died. My response was it better not be Jani Lane. When I found out it was Jani I screamed NO!!!!!!!!!! The world will miss an outstanding frontman of the 80′s. I can’t believe it but on the other hand I can. You will be missed. Hope you are up in heaven playing with all the greats of rock and roll stars that have passed on before you.

  61. Dawna says:

    Dear Jani,
    When you get to Heaven, please tell my husband I love him.
    I met the love of my life at a Warrant concert. You and the rest of the band will always have a special place in my heart.
    Thank you for the memories. You won’t be forgotten.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  62. Don says:

    I met Jani at a Motley Crue concert back in the early 90′s. He had no idea who I was and didn’t have to even look at me but he got up, brushed through a crowd of people, and came over and talked to me for about 5 minutes of which I will never ever forget. What a guy! No goodbye, only see you soon.

  63. Denise says:

    He Will Dearling Missed. Great Song’s,Good Looking, Great Voice. He Is So Young???? May God Bless And His Family. He Is In Heaven Now. OOOOOOXXXXXXOOO Love Denise

  64. Pamela B says:

    I am so sad Jani Lane is gone. He was awesome and I met him several times and even kissed him once a bar in downtown Dallas after a concert. You will be miss Jani!!!!!

  65. missy says:

    I think they should have a Jani Lane day on VH1!!!!!

  66. Ms. Leandra Leight says:

    I still cannot believe that Jani is gone. I sang Down Boys last night at a karaoke show in his honour and was doing just fine, rocking out until the very end when i said, “That was for you, Jani.”. I broke down and cried…again. I felt that he was right along side me. I’ll always miss him. I loved him so much! Rest sweet Jani…you’ve earned & needed it.

  67. Loretta says:

    You will be missed!

  68. bj says:

    R.I.P. Jani Lane . you will be missed. I am such a big fan of Warrant and the 80′s Hair Band Music. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time from hanover, pa

  69. Paula says:

    The second tragedy to my generation this year. Mike Starr, Jani Lane. My prayers go out to Jani’s friends and family and all who are affected by his death. My wish is to somehow get the message out that our past and present behavior can do irreversible damage to our bodies. Even if we find our way out of addiction the damage is already done.

  70. sandra says:


  71. Destiny says:

    my gut tells me he committed suicide (Jani Lane) its sad when a rock star throws there life away. the disease of addiction is something you can recover from but you have to want it. i see many of these rockstars and i think there fantasy of fame and glory overshadows the real issue.. people use drugs to escape the pain of life. sometimes the best thing is to find those who share your plight and help eachother..#ijs

  72. Sally From Alley says:

    Hes not gone; He is @ Uncle Tomms Cabin !!!!!

  73. Donna Maurer says:

    R.I.P. Jani your will always be in our hearts and your music will fill our souls forever… sing to those angels with your beautiful voice, you will never be forgotten you are what made Warrant and will always be the one we look too… Bless your family and most of all Bless your kids.

  74. Madman69 says:

    Jani was a hell of a songwriter. Pretty much any song from DRFSR or Cherry Pie was great, although Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Mr. Rainmaker, Blind Faith, Bed of Roses, Down Boys, and I Saw Red, etc. were my favorites. The truly great ones always go too soon. RIP brah. The music world was better from having you a part of it.

  75. Tanya Dodd says:

    Jani Lane’s death is such a shock & a major blow to us all. He was an amazing talent who gave ouststanding music that made us laugh or made us cry. I love every song Warrant has came out with,but Heaven is my all time favorite. I heard him say in an interview once that he wished he had never written Cherry Pie,but I’m so glad he did because it is such a kick ass song. I will keep him in my heart forever & the memories he gave us will last a lifetime. R.I.P our beloved Jani Lane!

  76. Julie says:

    You will be miss so much. I have listened to your music since I was a teenager and to this day in 2011 I still love it. R. I. P. Jani Lane. My prayers will be with you.

  77. Steve Arnett says:

    I don’t believe it. Another rock n roller who I grew up listening to is dead. Jani Lane and Warrant came aroud the time of the hair bands and kicked some ass. They had some great songs. RIP Jani you are in “Heaven”

  78. cvasquez says:

    I’m so sad to hear that Jani Lane passed away. I will always remember him and his band Warrant. Their music and songs hold lots of memories for me as I’m sure it does for alot of people. My heart goes out to his family during this sad time. May we never forget this talented muscian who still had so much to give to the music industry.

  79. Melissa says:

    Woke up to the song Heaven in my head.All day long been singing it.Can’t get it out of my head.Talent and tragedy seem to walk hand and hand.

  80. Tracy says:

    Saw Warrant in 2000 and they put on a great show. Couldn’t believe it when i heard Jani Lane was found dead. Even my 10 year old daughter was sad,her favorite song is Heaven. RIP Jani you were great.

  81. Carey says:

    Someone gave the idea on Facebook earlier that we need a behind the music show featuring Jani Lane as there is plenty of material to compile for an episode. Since, like him or not(I do), he was one of the integral parts of the music scene in the genre and era, it would be a given that something could be done to make this happen. I’m looking forward to seeing an announcement that it has been completed soon! :)

  82. Angela De Bello Herrera says:

    How dare Eddie Trunk tell Jani he looked good. Jani Lane was obviously in very poor health. He was skin slapped on a skeleton. Why don’t people stop, look at the situation, and help? Jani was a wreck, and no one reached out to him. I was appalled that all the hosts acted like everything was fine. I just hope that Michael Sweet, a friend of Jani’s, said something, or maybe took an action to try to help his friend..

  83. NC says:

    Hey, does anyone know what company made the leather motorcycle jacket Jani wore in the final episode of Celebrity Fit Club?
    RIP Jani

  84. AngelLange says:

    Sad!!! I heard Uncle Tom’s Cabin on the radio the other day and I just cried!!! My soul just weeps for a true lyric!!!