Monday 23 January 2017

Wife of Eagles founder shot dead at couple's home

Harriet Alexander in New York

Published 08/03/2016 | 02:30

Randy Meisner, far right, with fellow Eagles members (left to right) Don Felder, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey, at the peak of the band’s fame in the late 1970s. Picture: RB/Redferns
Randy Meisner, far right, with fellow Eagles members (left to right) Don Felder, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Glenn Frey, at the peak of the band’s fame in the late 1970s. Picture: RB/Redferns

The wife of Randy Meisner, one of the founding members of The Eagles, has been shot dead at the couple's home in Los Angeles.

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Lana Rae Meisner (63) died on Sunday at their house in the Studio City neighbourhood. She had earlier called police to report domestic violence, according to gossip website TMZ.

Mr Meisner (69) was then taken to hospital in the early hours of Monday morning, the website said.

Police told TMZ that an hour and a half before Mr Meisner called to report that his wife had been shot, she had rung them to report domestic violence at the house. A police officer visited the property, Radar Online reported, but left without incident. She claimed Mr Meisner was waving a BB gun and "acting erratically".

Mr Meisner then rang police at 6.59pm and told them his wife went into another room, closed the door and he heard a gunshot. He says he then went into the room and discovered she had been shot in the head. A source told Radar Online that Mr Meisner told police his wife "was stumbling around, looking for something in a closet where there were two guns".

The source continued: "She was looking for something in the hall closet, and Randy told cops one of the guns was falling and in the process, Lana Rae caught it and it ended up blowing her head apart."

A police source told the site: "Randy seemed to be in shock and wasn't even able to acknowledge that Lana Rae was dead from a gunshot wound."

At 4.45am yesterday, the website reported, Mr Meisner was taken to the hospital after "acting in an altered state".

Mr Meisner founded The Eagles in 1971 with Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Bernie Leadon. They achieved huge success with 'Hotel California', but Mr Meisner quit in 1977 after a string of disputes with the others. When the band reformed in 1994 and 1999, he was excluded from the line-up - although he insisted he bore them no ill will.

Frey died in January, aged 67.

Mr Meisner has had long struggles with alcohol, and a series of health problems. His last solo performance was in 2008.

And he had had many conflicts with his wife in the past.

TMZ reported that his children attempted to get a conservatorship (a US form of legal guardianship) based on his alleged mental instability, and that he was previously in an Encino hospital where he threatened to kill everyone there with an AK-47.

The Meisners' marriage made headlines last spring when Mr Meisner refuted a TMZ story claiming Lana Rae wanted to kill him. She had been accused in that report of keeping her husband in a "state of near-constant inebriation" because "he is easier to control when he's drunk." Later, in June, Mr Meisner was placed under 24-hour care following a hearing in which he was alleged to have threatened to shoot hospital staff and to end his own life. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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