Jani Lane conquered the local music scenes in Cleveland, Orlando and Los Angeles before breaking out with Warrant, the popular glam-metal band. With Jani’s songs and charismatic persona, Warrant scored big with four Top 40 hits in 1989. Their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich went double platinum. Warrant’s follow-up album Cherry Pie, also produced four Top 40 singles including the risque title track, which peaked at Number 7 on Billboard’s Top 200. Cherry Pie also sold 2 million copies. Jani Lane was a certified superstar and a darling of the MTV crowd.
But fame is fleeting.
On August 11, 2011, Jani Lane was found dead in a room at the Woodland Hills Comfort Inn. The cause of death was determined to acute alcohol poisoning. He had at note in his pocket that read “I am Jani Lane” along with a phone number. Jani was 47.