Jani Lane 911 Call: Hotel Staffers Wouldn't Touch the Body

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The unfolding story about the last day of Ex-Warrant singer Jani Lane seems more like a Made-For-TV movie than actual events.

Last week, it was revealed that the beleaguered singer was carrying a note in his pocket the day he died that read “I am Jani Lane,” not written in Lane’s handwriting and containing a phone number for a person close to Lane. (Police confirmed that they did contact that person after the singer’s body was found.)

Even stranger, law enforcement sources revealed that it wasn’t the first time that Lane had a similar note in his pocket. There was no identification when his body was discovered by the housekeeping staff on August 11 at the Woodland Hills’ Comfort Inn along with a bottle of vodka and a bottle of prescription bills.

New facts have come to light that Lane had split from his wife a few weeks earlier. Today, the tireless investigators at TMZ unearthed a recording of the 911 call placed by hotel employees after they found the singer’s lifeless body in a first floor room. The most shocking revelation was that the hotel staffer refused to check to see if he was still alive:

Operator: What room number is the patient in?

Receptionist: Room 118.

Operator: Room 118. Are you there?

Receptionist: No, I’m calling from the lobby. I work at a the front desk.

Operator: Okay. So what’s the problem? Tell me exactly what happened.

Receptionist: Okay. The housekeeping, when they were about to clean the room, they knocked the room door three times and he didn’t open the door. They finally opened it and one of the housekeeping checked they guy, like, ‘Maybe he’d dead,’ because, his eyes…

Operator: Okay. Do you know about how old, approximately what age the patient is?

Receptionist: Maybe like 50.

Operator: Male or female?

Receptionist: Male.

Operator: So do you know if they’re conscious? You don’t know?

Receptionist: No. Because when we opened the door they didn’t go closer.

Operator: So you guys don’t know what’s going on there?

Receptionist: No, because --

Operator: You have a defibrillator?

Receptionist: Uh…

Operator: A shock box for the heart. Do you guys have one?

Receptionist: No.

Operator: Okay. Paramedics are on the way, okay? Just stay on the line, I’ll tell you exactly what to do next. Does anybody there know CPR or first aid?

Receptionist: I - no…

Operator: Is there any way you can transfer me to the room? Is there anyone there that’s willing to go into the room and see if we can maybe do CPR? Or do you think the patent has already passed away?

Receptionist: I think passed away, because when they checked the guy, like, his eyes were open and his mouth, he wasn’t breathing.

Operator: Was there an odour? Was he stiff?

Receptionist: The guy? The room? Odor?

Operator: Was there an odor? Did it smell?

Receptionist: No. They didn’t really, like, go inside, so housekeeping think he’s dead.

Operator: Okay, well, tell you what ma’am, if somebody is willing to go there and go check it out, then give us a call, okay? We’re on our way. You don’t have to - but if this person needs help, if we need to do CPR, it would be nice to at least know if we could help him. If not, if he’s passed away, there’s nothing else we can do.

Receptionist: So you want us to go in the room and -

Operator: Well, it’s up to you ma’am. Are you, is someone willing to go in the room, or…?

Receptionist: I could ask. I mean, maybe like chargehand or…

Operator: Is he willing to do it? Is he willing to go in there?

Receptionist: I’ll ask him now.

Operator: I can’t force him to do it, but I’m asking if he’s willing to do it.

Receptionist: I’ll ask him.

Operator: Okay, I’ll be right here.

Receptionist: Okay, hold on.

Operator: Sure.

Receptionist: Other phone is going crazy when I call 911. I can’t stop it.

Operator: Is there any way to transfer me to that room? 118? Will somebody answer?

Receptionist: No. We’ll try.

Operator: Okay. Well, help’s already on the way, okay?

Receptionist: Okay, uh…

Operator: So are you gonna ask to see if he’ll go in there?

Receptionist: Yes, I’m going to call another line, Hold on.


Operator: Hello?

Receptionist: Um… No, nobody wants to do it.

Operator: Okay, well that’s fine then ma’am. Help’s on the way, okay? We’re on our way.

Receptionist: Do you want me to wait, or…?

Operator: No, we’re on our way, okay? We can hang up. We’re on our way. If we can help you with anything else just call us back. Okay?

Receptionist: Okay, thank you.

Operator: Bye-bye.

[Operator places call to another operator and receives a brief holding message]

Voice: You have reached the Los Angeles Police Department. All operators are busy. The next available operator will --

Operator 2: Emergency operator?

Operator: How are you doing, this is six-nine from across the way. We’ve got a possible DB.

Operator 2: Is it apparent natural?

Operator: We’re not sure yet. You know what, I’m kinda calling you a little premature. I was on the phone with somebody there and they stated they believe the person was passed away and we’re sending rescue to go investigate, uh, cardiac arrest. Nobody knows what’s going on, they guess the gentleman’s been there for a little bit and nobody wants to check on him. It’s about a fifty-year-old male, approximately.


Operator: Not sure if it’s a DB natural. If you want I can call you back.

Operator 2: Wanna do that?

Operator: Sure.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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