Former 'Warrant' Lead Singer Jani Lane Found Dead in Comfort Inn

Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the heavy metal band Warrant, has died in Los Angeles.

He was 47.

Officer Sara Faden said Lane's body was found Thursday in a Woodland Hills area Comfort Inn. She had no immediate information on the cause or circumstances of his death.

Alcohol and prescription drugs were found in his motel room, sources told the Los Angeles Times.

With his long blond hair and tight leather outfits, 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."

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Several fellow stars from that era paid their respects, including Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider.

"Jani Lane's is yet another sad story of a boy who attained his dreams of greatness, only to be blindsided by the pressures, temptations and disappointments of those same dreams," Snider said. "We all watched over the years, as he soared, stumbled, fell, then got up again and again. Tragically, he will get up no more. [Rest in peace], Jani."

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

In recent years, he appeared in the reality TV show "Celebrity Fit Club" and made news for a drunken driving arrest.

While Lane no longer toured with Warrant, the band lives on, and said they will pay tribute to their fallen former singer at their concert Friday night in North Dakota.

Guitarist Erik Turner, who co-founded Warrant, told TMZ: "We will be making a tribute before we play the song 'Heaven' tonight."

Lane wrote "Heaven" when he was with Warrant, and it was one of the band's biggest hits.

"We never thought that when the song 'Heaven' was written we would be playing it someday in the memory of Jani's untimely death," Turner said.

Lane is survived by two daughters from two previous marriages.

You can watch the video for "Heaven" here: