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Jani Lane, 47; lead singer of ’80s rock band Warrant

Associated Press / August 13, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, died Thursday in Los Angeles.

He was 47.

Officer Sara Faden, a Los Angeles police spokeswoman, said Mr. Lane’s body was found in a Woodland Hills hotel. She had no immediate information on the cause or circumstances of his death.

With his long blond hair and tight leather outfits, Mr. Lane embodied the excess of 1980s “hair metal’’ rock bands.

He joined Warrant in 1984 and wrote such hits as “Heaven,’’ “Down Boys,’’ and “Cherry Pie.’’

He had an on-and-off relationship with the band, leaving it in 1992 before returning and quitting again several times.

He leaves two daughters from two previous marriages.