The wife of former Eagles rock band bassist Randy Meisner was killed on Sunday evening in the couples’ Studio City home. Lana Rae Meisner, was accidentally shot while trying to remove a gun from its case after a call was made to the police earlier that day to report domestic violence, police said on Monday. She supposedly reported that Meisner was acting erratically and waving a BB gun.
After an investigation, the police stated, “It was determined that Mrs. Meisner’s death was accidental.” and “Mr. Meisner was cooperative throughout the investigation.”
This isn’t the first time police have been called to the home or trouble wasn’t brewing between the two individuals. There were many tugs-of-war between them. In April 2015, the entertainment news site, TMZ, reported that James Newton, a good friend of Randy Meisner, claimed in legal documents that Meisner was “in desperate shape and his wife, Lana is not doing anything to help him.” He said, “Randy, an alcoholic who has been in and out of rehab and diagnosed with brain damage — often goes unbathed for a month, thanks to his wife.” That statement was refuted by the Meisners claiming that Newton was drumming up trouble and there was no truth to his allegations and that Newton was not a close friend and money motivated to discredit his wife. ABC New Radio reported that a Los Angeles Superior Court judge appointed a temporary conservator for Meisner, in July 2015, several months after he allegedly threatened to kill hospital staff members and commit suicide.
Meisner, who turns 70 tomorrow, was one of the original members of the Eagles and played bass for the band from 1971-1977. He was the lead singer on the band’s hit song “Take It to the Limit.”