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The wife of former Eagles band member Randy Meisner was fatally shot in the couple’s home in Studio City, and police said Monday the wound was self-inflicted by accident.
Lana Rae Meisner, 63, was pronounced dead at the residence in the 3700 block of Eureka Drive about 7:10 p.m. Sunday, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. An autopsy was pending, Winter said.
“Lana Meisner, wife of Eagles member Randy Meisner, was tragically shot with a firearm that accidentally discharged,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
“On Sunday … around 5:30 p.m., North Hollywood patrol officers responded to a radio call of a woman asking for police assistance for a possibly intoxicated male suspect in the 3700 block of Eureka Drive,” according to police. “The officers took a domestic violence incident report and left the location.”
About 7 p.m., North Hollywood patrol officers went back to the residence in response to a radio transmission reporting a shooting, police said.
“When officers arrived they found Mrs. Meisner suffering from a single gunshot wound. The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced Mrs. Meisner dead at the scene,” police said.
“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. 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,” police said. “Mr. Meisner was cooperative throughout the investigation.”
TMZ.com reported that during the earlier domestic violence call, Lana Rae claimed her husband was waving a BB gun and ‘acting erratically.”‘ The website also reported that Randy Meisner made the second call to police, and that early Monday, he was taken to a hospital for “acting in an altered state.”
The Meisners had many conflicts in the past, and Randy’s children tried to get a conservatorship based on his alleged mental instability.
In September, a settlement was reached in a probate case that led to a temporary conservatorship over Meisner. Terms of the settlement were not divulged. James Newton, a longtime friend of Meisner, petitioned for the conservatorship, noting that changes had been made to the Meisner family trust giving Lana Rae more authority that she previously had.
Newton alleged that Lana Meisner had done little to help her spouse of nearly two decades battle addiction issues, primarily involving alcohol, but also including cocaine.
Meisner and his lawyers objected to the appointment of a temporary conservator.
—Staff and wire reports
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