Wife of Eagles Co-Founder Randy Meisner Dies of Gunshot Wound

Death Was Accidental, According to Los Angeles Police and Coroner’s Office

Lana Meisner, wife of Eagles founding member Randy Meisner is dead of an accidental gunshot wound at their Los Angeles-area home.

North Hollywood patrol officers responded to a radio call of a shooting Sunday (March 6) around 7 p.m.

“When officers arrived, they found Mrs. Meisner suffering from a single gunshot wound,” according to a police report. “The Los Angeles Fire Department responded and pronounced Mrs. Meisner dead at the scene.

“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.

“Mr. Meisner was cooperative throughout the investigation,” the report stated.

Police also said 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. The officers took a domestic violence incident report and left the location.

Along with Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and the late Glenn Frey, Meisner is a member of the Eagles’ original lineup. Although best known as bassist and harmony vocalist, he sang lead vocals on “Take It to the Limit.” He left the band in 1977.

The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.