NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 1:01 PM
Founding Eagles member Randy Meisner will spend his 70th birthday on Tuesday in a psych ward for threatening suicide after his wife accidentally shot herself in the couple’s California home, his lawyer said.
“He threatened to kill himself,” Meisner’s family attorney Troy L. Martin told the Daily News.
“He was very distraught. I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like for him to return to the house.”
Meisner was hospitalized hours after the death on Sunday of his second wife, Lana Rae Meisner. He was placed under a 72-hour hold, which could be extended an additional two weeks, Martin said.
The rocker’s relatives are scrambling for an arrangement to have him released, the attorney said.
“They’re very concerned for the well-being of Mr. Meisner,” he said.
“Everybody just wants what’s right for Mr. Meisner.”
Police said Lana Meiser accidentally shot herself while moving a rifle in a case inside a closet. Another item in the case knocked the trigger and fired a fatal shot at her, police said.
The one-time Eagle was in another part of the house when the gun went off, police said. He has not been charged for any crime.
The shooting happened about 90 minutes after police came to the couple’s Studio City house responding to a domestic disturbance call. The visit ended without incident and police have not revealed the details of the disturbance.
In a 911 call about the disturbance obtained by TMZ, a dispatcher is heard saying Randy Meisner “suffers from a mental disorder” and is “possibly armed with a BB gun.” Police told the News a BB gun was not connected to the wife’s death. The rock bassist was not injured in the domestic incident or the shooting, police said.
The music star had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and threatened to murder people with an AK-47 and commit suicide with pills while staying in a hospital last year, according to court records. James Newton, a friend of Meisner’s, alleged in court the musician’s wife was stealing her husband’s money and coercing him into constant drinking.
Newton is working with the family to get Meisner out of the psych ward, Martin said.