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Akron born Jani Lane, 47, lead singer/songwriter for Warrant found dead in California motel

By malcolm Published: August 12, 2011

That's a shame.

Jani Lane lead singer and songwriter for 80's pop-metal band Warrant famous for the 1989 hit song "Cherry Pie" and the power ballad "Heaven" was found dead Comfort Inn hotel in Woodland Hills, CA.
He was 47.

Lane (born John Kennedy Oswald) was an Akron native who frequently said he wrote "Cherry Pie" in about five minutes at the behest of the band's record label. Lane freely admitted he hated the song and considered it an albatross, though a lucrative one. Lane had a long history of battling alcohol and drugs and appeared on Celebrity Fit Club 2 .
Recently Lane had been performing with fellow 80's hair metal band Great White, filling in for their lead singer Jack

Lane is survived by four children, Taylar, Brittany, Madison and Ryan, from two previous marriages. (Taylar's mother is model Bobbie Brown, his first wife, who starred in Warrant's classic "Cherry Pie" video.) According to his Twitter account, his third wife is named Kimberly.

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