Jani Lane, former singer of the glam rock and "hair metal" band Warrant, died of alcohol poisoning in August, according to a statement by the Los Angeles County coroner's office carried by the Associated Press.
Paramedics found his body on Thursday, August 11, in a Comfort Inn motel room in Woodland Hills, California, which is near Los Angeles. Lane had battled alcohol abuse for years. On Wednesday, October 5, the cause of death was revealed to be acute ethanol intoxication.
Alcohol and prescription drugs were found in Lane's motel room, but there is no indication that his death was a suicide, the Los Angeles Times quoted police sources and others close to the matter as saying. Lane had a home in Redondo Beach, located about 30 miles away.
Lane, who was born John Kennedy Oswald in Ohio, is survived by his third wife, Kimberly, and four children - two stepdaughters and two daughters from two previous marriages. His first wife was model Bobbie Brown, who appeared in Warrant's popular "Cherry Pie" music video.
Warrant was formed in Los Angeles in the 1980s, when glam rock, which touted big hair, heavy make-up and power chords, was at its peak.
Warrant's debut album, the 1989 record "Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich," contained the single "Heaven," a ballad that would become a commercial hit.
The band's second album, "Cherry Pie," was released in 1990. Its title track remains one of the most popular rock songs of the "hair metal" era.
Lane's death was mourned by fans and musicians on social networking websites.
"Our thoughts go out to our fallen brother Jani Lane, his family, his friends and his fans," shock rocker Alice Cooper said on his Facebook page.
Other music artists most famous during the 1980s "hair metal" era, such as ex-Guns n' Roses guitarist Slash, Bret Michaels of Poison and Sebastian Bach, formerly of the rock group Skid Row, also expressed their condolences.
"So sad about Jani," Bach Tweeted on Friday. "The death rate in our business seems awful high huh."
Nikki Sixx from the group Motley Crue said on his Twitter page: "I just heard the sad news about Janie Lane. So hard to swallow when people have kids. RIP.
Check out the music videos for the Warrant songs "Cherry Pie," "Heaven" and "Uncle Tom's Cabin," featuring Jani Lane.