The former Eagles bassist, who quit the group in 1977, reported to police that his wife had been accidentally shot in the head on Sunday night. LAPD reports that coroners are ruling accidental death.
The wife of The Eagles’ co-founder Randy Meisner has been shot and killed at the couple’s home in Los Angeles, according to police, with reports of domestic abuse also alleged.
Lana Rae Meisner, 63, was shot in the head and died on Sunday night (March 6th) at their Studio City home that she had shared with the group’s founding bassist Randy for the last twenty years.
In a report by TMZ, Lana dialled 911 to report domestic abuse approximately an hour and a half before Randy called police to report that his wife had been killed. Police sources told the gossip site that she told officers that he was waving a BB gun around was acting “erratically” and threatening her.
The current line-up of The Eagles, without Randy Meisner, performing in 2009
Officers attended the $1 million home in the suburbs, responding to reports of a “possibly intoxicated male” and took a domestic violence report at around 5:30pm. Then, at 6:59pm, Randy called police to say that his wife had accidentally shot herself while looking for something in a closet.
Meisner, who left The Eagles in 1977 and has not performed with them on any of their recent reunion tours, last playing with the group in 1998 when they were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, told officers that he wasn’t in the same room at the time of the accident.
Lana apparently knocked one of two guns they kept in the closet and attempted to catch it as it fell, with the gun going off as she did so, killing her in the process. The LAPD later confirmed that this was the suspected cause of death, telling the Daily Mail and other news outlets that the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office believed her death to be accidental.
TMZ added that, several hours later at 4:45am on Monday morning, Meisner was then taken to hospital in what police sources called an “altered state” and was confused. “Randy seemed to be in shock and wasn’t even able to acknowledge that Lana Rae was dead from a gunshot wound.”