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Warrant lead singer died of alcohol poisoning in Valley motel

October 5, 2011 |  2:16 pm

Warrant singer Jani Lane found deadJani Lane, former lead singer of the 1980s glam-band Warrant, died at a Woodland Hills motel of alcohol poisoning, coroner's officials said Wednesday.

Lane died Aug. 11 at the Comfort Inn of "acute ethanol intoxication" -- or drinking alcohol to a level the person is poisoned, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the L.A. County coroner's office.

Alcohol and prescription drugs were found in the motel room. An autopsy and toxicology tests determined the 47-year-old Redondo Beach resident's cause of death.

His body was found about 5:30 p.m. in the motel in the 20100 block of Ventura Boulevard

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

Lane, born John Kennedy 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.


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