The toxicology report for Tawny Kitaen has been released. Tawny Kitaen, known for starring in multiple iconic 80s music videos, tragically passed away on May 7 at 59 years old. According to Fox, the star had mirtazapine, pregabalin, acetaminophenm alprazolam, and hydrocodone in her system and passed away of cardiomyopathy.
The death was ruled as natural by the Orange County Coroner Division. A significant condition that contributed to her passing was her mild coronary atherosclerosis. Kitaen is survived by her two daughters and her brother.
Kitaen was known as the rock world’s “video vixen” back in MTV’s prime. She starred in several Whitesnake music videos including “Here I Go Again.” Her other music video appearances include “Still is the Night,” “Is This Love,” and “The Deeper the love. She married the lead singer of Whitesnake, David Cloverdale, in 1989. The two divorced two years later.
She also got involved in acting in film and television. In fact, she landed several notable roles in the 80s and 90s but was still working up until her death. Additionally, she starred as Tom Hank’s fiancée in Bachelor Party and as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend in a 1991 Seinfeld episode. Kitaen also starred in Witchboard, a Ouija board horror film and did voiceover work in a 1990s cartoon, Eek the Cat.
Additionally, she made multiple reality TV appearances as well. She briefly co-hosted America’s Funniest People and appeared on Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. On Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, the actress revealed she struggled with a substance abuse. She had a couple of run ins with the law over the course of her life related to substance abuse.
Tawny Kitaen’s Daughters Confirmed her Death in a Heartfelt Tribute
Tawny Kitaen’s daughters announced the passing of their mother in a post on her Instagram account. In it, they penned a thank you message to her fans.
“We are heartbroken and saddened to announce the death of our mom. We just want to say thank you for all of you, her fans and her friends, for always showing her such support and love. You gave her life everyday. We miss her and love her and we know her legacy will live on forever” they wrote.
Kitaen had her daughters, Wynter and Raine, during her marriage to baseball player Chuck Finely. The two later divorced. Her daughters live more private lives outside of the industry. Before her death, her brother, Jordan, told Fox that she was struggling with the death of her father.
Kitaen will be remembered for her fantastic and iconic work in the 80s music scene and in TV and Film. Following her passing in May, her family hosted a small, private ceremony to celebrate her life.