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The Eagles appear together after being inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 1998. The wife of former member Randy Meisner, seen extreme right, has died in an accidental shooting. (Jon Levy/AFP/Getty Images)

Los Angeles authorities say the wife of former Eagles band member Randy Meisner was killed when a rifle she was handling accidentally discharged and shot her in the head.

A police news release says officers found 63-year-old Lana Rae Meisner dead on Sunday from a single gunshot wound at the couple's home in the San Fernando Valley.

Investigators say Lana Rae Meisner lifted the rifle from a storage case when another item inside shifted and hit the trigger, causing the gun to fire.

Police say Randy Meisner was co-operative throughout the investigation. Officials say police had responded to the home earlier Sunday and took a domestic violence incident report.

Randy Meisner co-founded the Eagles and co-wrote and sang the hit Take It To the Limit. He played bass and guitar and left the band in 1977.