Former Warrant singer Jani Lane has been found dead in a California hotel room. He was 47.

Lane, real name John Kennedy Oswald, wrote some of the band’s biggest hits including Cherry Pie, Heaven, I Saw Read and Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

He split with Warrant in 2008 after a second stint fronting the band which lasted just six months. He’d left in 1993 then rejoined a year later before departing again in 2004.

He’d struggled with alcoholism for many years – a problem which he recently admitted was beginning to affect his health.

In February this year he cancelled a solo tour two days before it was meant to commence, without giving a reason. Last month he was ordered to serve 120 days in jail after pleading no contest to a charge of drunk driving, following his arrest in May.

Lane had been in rehab on more than one occasion, and in a recent interview spoke of his determination to beat his drink problem. read more

R.I.P. :-(