Monday, March 7, 2016
Lana Meisner, the wife of Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner, was fatally shot at the couple’s North Hollywood home on Sunday when a rifle she was handling discharged accidentally.
NBC Los Angeles reports Lana Meisner was pronounced dead at the scene after officers responding to a report of a shooting arrived at 7 p.m. to find her suffering from a single gunshot wound, according to Los Angeles Police Department news release.
Police said the incident occurred when Meisner was moving the rifle out of a closet; when she lifted the rifle, which was inside a case, another item within the case shifted and hit the trigger, causing the gun to discharge.
"After a thorough investigation by Valley Bureau detective personnel and the Los Angeles (County) Coroner's Office, it was determined that Mrs. Meisner's death was accidental," the news release said.
Officers had also been called to the home about an hour and a half before the shooting was reported. Police said they received a call from a woman asking for help regarding a possibly intoxicated male. Officers took a domestic violence incident report and left the residence. It was unclear who the woman was or what happened at the home.
Police said Randy Meisner was cooperative with investigators.
Meisner co-founded The Eagles with Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Bernie Leadon in Los Angeles in 1971. With few lineup changes, the group went on to become one of the world's best-selling bands of all time with more than 150 million records sold.
The bassist co-wrote and sang lead vocals on the group’s 1975 hit, “Take It To The Limit.”
Meisner quit The Eagles over health issues and band in-fighting in September 1977 at the end of the group’s tour in support of their fifth album, “Hotel California.”
Guitarist Frey passed away January 18 at the age of 67 from a combination of rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and pneumonia.
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