Lana Rae Meisner, 63, had been married to Meisner, 69, for 20 years. She was shot in the head and died on Sunday night at their home in Studio City, a suburb of Los Angeles.
Their relationship has been rocky for years, according to various media reports. Only an hour and a half before police were called to their home, Lana called 9-1-1 to report that she had been assaulted by her husband, according to gossip site TMZ.
Randy was reportedly waving a BB gun around and “acting erratically,” the site reported.
Police went to the home following the call and spoke with both Meisners. They did not remove Randy from the home even though he appeared intoxicated.
At around 7 pm police received another call that Lana Rae had accidentally shot herself. She was reportedly rummaging around a closet when the weapon, described as a rifle, discharged.
She was trying to grab it, when it went off. The bullet struck her in the head, according to media reports.
Randy claimed he was in another room when the accident occurred. Randy was hospitalized early this morning. Police said he appeared to be in shock and incoherent.
Police released the following statement earlier today:
“After a thorough investigation by Valley Bureau detective personnel and the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, it was determined that Mrs. Meisner’s death was accidental. Mrs. Meisner was moving a rifle that was stored inside a case in a closet. 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.”
Randy Meisner has a long history of mental problems and reportedly suffers from a bipolar disorder.
He played bass and sang backup vocals for the band. He left the Eagles in 1977 and is best known for writing and singing the 1975 hit song “Take It To the Limit.”
This is the second tragedy to strike the band. Eagles frontman Glenn Fry died in January from a long bout with rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.
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