Autopsy Doesn't Show Jani Lane's Cause of Death
Now comes toxicology tests for Warrant singer, 47
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2011 5:43 PM CDT
Jani Lane of Warrant in 2008.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – It will likely be several weeks before we get an official cause of death for former Warrant singer Jani Lane, who was found dead in his hotel room at age 47. An autopsy wasn't conclusive, and toxicology tests will take up to two months, reports AP. Other developments:

  • The band will pay tribute to Lane tonight at a show in North Dakota before playing the song Heaven, reports TMZ. Lane wrote it in 1989, and it became one of Warrant's biggest hits. "This is a sad day for rock and roll," said guitarist Erik Turner.
  • Watch the video for Heaven here.

  • Jacqueline Burt at the Stir recalls the Lane poster that hung on her bedroom wall and the goofy lyrics to Lane's Cherry Pie. "It ain't Smells Like Teen Spirit, but it was fun and we were really, really young, and damn, he looked good in those leather pants." Read the full tribute.
  • The Washington Post's Celebritology blog rounds up reaction, including this from 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. We all watched over the years, as he soared, stumbled, fell, then got up again and again. Tragically, he will get up no more. RIP Jani.”