Last night, word came out of Los Angeles that Warrant lead singer Jani Lane had passed away in his Woodland Hills hotel. The former Warrant lead singer was just 47, and he leaves behind a treasure trove of great '80s glam anthems like "Cherry Pie" and "Heaven," which lit up rock radio and MTV in his band's heyday.
No cause of death was released. Lane leaves behind a wife, Kimberly, and four children, Taylar, Brittany, Madison and Ryan.
The singer was born John Kennedy Oswald, in tribute to the slain president, but soon his name was legally changed to avoid future aggravation.
Recently the singer was known more his battle with alcoholism and a stint on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club 2. He made time writing songs for other rockers, and just last summer he was fronting Great White while their singer Jack Russell was battling back from surgery.
Interestingly enough, in 1991 Lane married Bobbie Brown, the actress and model who was the buxom blonde from the popular, feminist-baiting "Cherry Pie" video. Their marriage ended two years later, and a daughter came from their short union.
Late Thursday night, many of his musical contemporaries like Nikki Sixx and Bret Michaels took to Twitter to offer tributes and words of condolence.
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For anyone who is a fan of raunchy glam-rock, Warrant is a part of a balanced musical diet. Be sure to crank up their 1990 album Cherry Pie today. If you have a bitchin' late-'80s Camaro lying around your garage, blare "Cherry Pie" with the top down.
Like most things in this short life we are given, it sounds way better that way.