LOS ANGELES — Lana Ray Meisner, wife of Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner, died Sunday when a rifle accidentally discharged while being moved, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
North Hollywood officers responded to a call of a shooting at 7 p.m., the department said in a statement. They found Lana Rae Meisner with a single gunshot wound.
She was pronounced dead at the scene by L.A. Fire Department personnel.
Lana Rae Meisner was killed when she moved a rifle stored in a case in a closet, the statement said.
“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 statement said.
Randy Meisner “was cooperative throughout the investigation,” it added.
Lana Rae Meisner was in her early 60s.
Randy Meisner, 69, co-founded the Eagles with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Glenn Frey in 1971. Before joining the group, Meisner had been a member of Poco, one of the pioneering country-rock bands.
Meisner has had his own health struggles. In 2013, he choked on a piece of food and fell into a coma. The other band members helped pay his medical bills, he told the Daily News.
In 2015, he was temporarily placed under 24-hour supervision after allegedly threatening a murder-suicide, Rolling Stone reported. The case was resolved in September.
Randy is a founding member and bass player for the Eagles; he left the band in 1977. He’s most famous for co-writing and singing Take It to the Limit.
He did not rejoin the band on any of its subsequent reunion albums or tours, though he joined them for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.