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Jani Lane: Investigators probe why former Warrant singer was at motel room

August 12, 2011 | 10:25 am

Warrant singer Jani Lane found dead

Authorities on Friday were trying to determine why Jani Lane, former lead singer of the 1980s glam-band Warrant, was at a Woodland Hills motel when he died Thursday.

Lane has a home in the South Bay, so it is unclear exactly why he was at the Ventura Boulevard motel, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case. Alcohol and prescription drugs were found in the motel room, the sources said, but there was no indication he took intentionally took his own life.

An autopsy will determine how the 47-year-old Redondo Beach resident died, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner. Lane's body was found about 5:30 p.m. Thursday in a room at a Comfort Inn in the 20100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.

Obituary: Jani Lane, lead singer for metal band Warrant, dies at 47

“He was discovered unresponsive," said Coroner's Deputy Chief Ed Winter.

 Lane, born John Oswald, was pronounced dead by fire department paramedics.

Warrant's two first albums -- "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich" in 1989 and "Cherry Pie" in 1990 -- sold more than 2 million copies each.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is still under investigation.

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Photo: Former Warrant singer Jani Lane performs in Las Vegas in 2005. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

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