Tawny Kitaen died as a result of heart disease and an opioid
The cause of death for Tawny Kitaen has been determined.
According to TMZ, the “Bachelor Party” star died of dilated cardiomyopathy, citing the Orange County Coroner’s Office. Additionally, clogged arteries, antidepressants, sedatives, nerve pain medicine, and opioids all played a role.
Kitaen died on May 7 in Newport Beach, California, at the age of 59. Her immediate relatives and friends recently gathered for an intimate gathering to commemorate her life following her cremation.
Apart from “Bachelor Party,” Kitaen has been in the 1984 French cult classic “The Perils of Gwendoline” and the 2014 film “After Midnight.”
Kitaen began her career in 1976 on the game program “To Tell the Truth” before transitioning to film, where she earned moderate success. Additionally, the vixen appeared in a few vintage music videos, most notably Whitesnake’s “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again.”
In 1989, she married lead vocalist David Coverdale, although the relationship lasted barely two years. Kitaen later married baseball player Chuck Finley in 1997, but the couple divorced in 2002 after he claimed she kicked him repeatedly during a domestic quarrel.
Wynter, 28, and Raine, 22, were their daughters.
“We are heartbroken and sorry to announce our mother’s demise,” Kitaen’s children wrote on social media in the days following her death. “We simply want to express our gratitude to all of you, her fans and friends, for your unwavering support and love. Every day, you gave her life. We miss and adore her, and we are confident that her legacy will endure in perpetuity.”
Kitaen was open about her difficulties with alcohol and substance misuse and has a criminal record that included a 2006 cocaine possession charge and a 2009 DUI charge.