Thursday 23 November 2017

Eagles founder Randy Meisner's wife shot dead at their home

Lana Rae Meisner died after a gun was fired in an accident at their LA home

Lana Rae Meisner with her husband Eagles founder Randy
Lana Rae Meisner with her husband Eagles founder Randy Newsdesk Newsdesk

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

Lana Rae Meisner, the wife of Randy Meisner, died on Sunday aged 63.

Mr Meisner (69) was taken to hospital in the early hours of Monday morning  after "acting in an altered state" and is being treated for shock.

The former Eagles bassist has not been charged with any crime.

According to the New York Daily News, Mrs Meisner accidentally shot herself dead following a drunken domestic disturbance in the home.

A police source told the publication she died in a closet after a rifle accidentally fired as she tried lifting the gun from a case.

"Based on the evidence at the scene, it appears to be a complete accident," a police source told the Daily News.

"No foul play whatsoever. There is nothing indicative that it was a murder at all."

The publication also reported Mr Meisner to have been in another part of the house when the gun went off.

He rang police at 6.59pm and told police that his wife went into another room, closed the door and he heard a gun shot.

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."

He added: "Randy seemed to be in shock and wasn’t even able to acknowledge that Lana Rae was dead from a gun shot wound."

Mr Meisner founded Eagles in 1971 with Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Bernie Leadon, but quit 1977 following a dispute.

He was excluded from the line-up when the band reformed in 1994 and 1999.

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