Former Warrant band lead man Jani Lane was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel on Thursday night. While his cause of death remains unknown at this time of posting, a family member has stated that he probably succumbed to alcoholism—something his mother constantly tried to fight with him before she passed away. He was 47 years old.
Sources say that his mother’s death may have also meant the death of his attempts at rehab and sobriety. Toxicology reports, however, may take up to six weeks before Lane’s cause of death is determined.
Lane is best known for crooning Warrant’s big hit, “Cherry Pie.” The “glam metal” song, also the name of Warrant’s album featuring the song, was written by Lane himself in about fifteen minutes. Fans know the song well; it depicts very sexual lyrics, mostly through heavy innuendos regarding swinging, cake batter, and the title itself, which refers to virginity.
As much as I love the song “Cherry Pie,” I’ve always known that it was just wrong—and most other people that love it probably find it a guilty pleasure, too. Maybe it’s not as explicitly awful as “She’s Only Seventeen” by Winter, but Warrant’s ode to the hot young woman (girl?) still probably makes plenty of fathers cringe when they think of how they interpreted it back in the 1990s.