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    Jani Lane: the Sad Decline of a Hair-Metal Icon

    The August 11 passing of former Warrant singer Jani Lane reads like just another rock and roll tragedy. Lane, 47, was found alone - with no money or ID, surrounded by booze and pills - at a Comfort Inn in Woodland Hills, California. The cause of death remains undetermined, and the results of toxicology tests are still pending. John Kennedy Oswald, born and raised in Akron, Ohio, was drumming under the name "Mitch Dynomite" with his older brother's band on the Cleveland cover-band circuit when he was 11 years old. He became a top high school quarterback, but turned down football scholarships to try and make it as a rock star.

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