According to TMZ.com, investigators found a half-empty bottle of vodka and prescription medication in the hotel room where former WARRANT singer Jani Lane was found dead yesterday (Thursday, August 11).
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.
"He was discovered unresponsive," said Coroner's Deputy Chief Ed Winter.
An autopsy is scheduled for later today.
According to TMZ.com, Lane's death is being treated as an accidental overdose or a possible death from natural causes.
Lane (real name: John Kennedy Oswald) is survived by four children Taylar, Brittany, Madison and Ryan from two previous marriages. (Taylar's mother is model Bobbie Brown, his first wife, who starred in WARRANT's classic "Cherry Pie" video.) According to Lane's Twitter account, his third wife is named Kimberly. He has three sisters Marcine, Michelle and Victoria.
On July 23, Lane took part in a taping of an upcoming episode of the "That Metal Show" alongside Michael Sweet (STRYPER) and Taime Downe (FASTER PUSSYCAT) (see photos below). The program featuring Lane is scheduled to air on October 1 on VH1 Classic.
In February, Lane canceled all of his previously announced solo tour dates two days before the first show was due to take place. No explanation was offered for the cancelation.
WARRANT announced in September 2008 that it was splitting with Lane six months after the band reunited with the troubled vocalist. He has since been replaced by Robert Mason (LYNCH MOB, CRY OF LOVE, BIG COCK).
Lane originally left WARRANT in March 1993 but rejoined the band in September 1994. The group went on to record the "Ultraphobic" (1995), "Belly To Belly" (1996) and "Greatest & Latest" (1999) albums and issued and collection of covers, "Under The Influence", in 2001. Jani quit WARRANT again in 2004 before reuniting with the group four years later.
Lane released a solo album, "Back Down to One", in 2003, but shortly after was admitted to a rehab center for alcohol and drug-related exhaustion. He also appeared on VH1's reality series "Celebrity Fit Club".
On July 19, 2010, Lane pled no contest to DUI stemming from his arrest two months earlier and was ordered to serve 120 days in jail. In addition, Lane lost his license for three years and had to complete a 30-month alcohol-education program.