BULLETBOYS Singer On JANI LANE's Passing: 'It's A Huge Loss To The Rock Community'

A short video interview with BULLETBOYS vocalist Marq Torien conducted on Friday, August 12 in which he talks about the passing of former WARRANT singer Jani Lane can be seen below.

Said Torien: "[Jani] was a very good friend of mine, a close friend. We'd done a lot of touring together and pretty much came up the ranks in Los Angeles together in bands. It's just a really, really sad day for all of us, because he was an amazing songwriter. He basically couldn't fight those demons inside that were taking him down. . . There's been some really close friends of ours passing away. . . It's a huge loss to the rock community. Time's moving by so quickly and there's only a few of us left. When you lost a cat like that, it's such a He was a really great songwriter and he really loved music and his personal life just seemed to kind of swallow him up."

An autopsy performed Friday on Lane proved inconclusive pending the results of toxicology tests, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says it may take seven or eight weeks to finalize the cause of death.

Investigators found a half-empty bottle of vodka and prescription medication in the hotel room where Lane was found dead on Thursday (August 11), according to TMZ.com.

Lane was pronounced dead by Fire Department personnel who responded to a call shortly before 5:30 p.m. in the Comfort Inn in the 20100 block of Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, California, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

A public memorial with performances by fellow metal rock bands including GREAT WHITE and L.A. GUNS will be held in Hollywood on August 24 at a venue to be announced later, the singer's manager and longtime friend Obi Steinman said.

"He was one of the great rock-and-roll frontmen and singers of all time," Steinman said. "His music helped shape the '80s."

Lane had battled alcoholism for years and also had a history of alcohol-related arrests. Lane's sister, Vicky Oswald-Ley, told RadarOnline.com that the death of their mother seven years ago affected Lane's battles against alcohol. "She would always talk him into going into rehab and hospitals," she said. "I think when she passed, that desire to stay healthy died too."

"He finally succumbed to that," Steinman said. "He lost his battle over alcohol."


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