Lana Rae Meisner, the 63-year-old wife of Eagles co-founder and former bassist Randy Meisner, died on Sunday from what medical examiners say was an accidental gunshot. The incident took place at the couple’s home in Studio City, California. The two had been married 20 years.
Officers believe that a rifle accidentally went off while Meisner was shuffling around 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,” the LAPD noted in a released statement.
The Eagles co-founder is said to be “cooperative” in the ongoing investigation; as Rolling Stone notes, no one has been detained or arrested in connection with the shooting.
Randy Meisner is perhaps best known for co-writing the band’s 1975 hit, “Take It to the Limit”, which he also sang on. He left the band following their 1977 tour, but reunited with his former bandmates for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1998. However, he was noticeably absent from the Eagles’ Grammys tribute to Glenn Frey last month.
In early 2015, he ran into some personal issues which included threats of murder-suicide. His lawyer suggested the incident “overblown” and attributed it to alcoholism and treatment for “a mood disorder.”