Wife Of Eagles Co-Founder Accidentally Shoots Herself

Wife Of Eagles Co-Founder Accidentally Shoots Herself
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Lana Rae Meisner, wife of former Eagles bassist and co-founder Randy Meisner, was found dead in her Studio City, Los Angeles home due to what police determined as an accident.


The 63-year-old died from a single gunshot wound at 7:10 p.m. Sunday (Pacific Standard Time), Reuters reports. Allegedly, the rifle she tried to remove from a case went off and hit her.

“As she lifted the rifle in the case, another item within the case shifted and hit the trigger of the rifle causing it to fire and fatally injure Mrs. Meisner,” according to a Los Angeles Police Department statement quoted in Yahoo.  

About an hour and half before the shooting, Los Angeles police received a 911 call from Lana Rae to report domestic violence, TMZ writes. At 6:59 p.m., the police received another call, this time from Randy, who said he heard gunfire after his wife had gone into another room and closed the door.

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At 4:45 a.m. Monday, TMZ was informed that Randy was rushed to the hospital in an “altered state.”

Randy had been placed under court-order for a January 2015 incident, where he threatened murder-suicide using pills and an AK-47, according to NY Daily News.

James Newton, Randy’s longtime friend who initiated the court-order, alleged that Randy had been repeatedly diagnosed as bipolar, and that Lana Rae had been in denial about her husband’s mental state for the past two decades.    

Nonetheless, the LAPD statement noted that Randy was “cooperative” during the investigation into his wife’s death.

Randy was a founding member of both the Eagles and Poco. He co-wrote the former’s hits including “Certain Kind of Fool,” “Try and Love Again” and “Take It to the Limit.” In 1977, he left the Eagles to release two solo albums (Randy Meisner and One More Song), tour with a variety of bands, and reunite with Poco in 1989. His last public performance was in the 2008 Naples Music Festival in Naples, FL.