Tawny Kitaen’s Daughters Post Emotional Tribute Announcing Her Death

by Matthew Wilson
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Tawny Kitaen’s daughters are mourning her death. They posted a moving tribute to the actor and her enduring legacy. The two are heartbroken in the wake of their mother’s passing.

On their mother’s Instagram, they released an official statement honoring her legacy and thanking fans for their support.

On Instagram, Kitaen’s daughters wrote, “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.”

Wynter and Raine are Kitaen’s daughters from her marriage to baseball player Chuck Finely. The two married in 1997 but later got divorced just a few years later. Her daughters honored her memory during this painful time.

Tawny Kitaen Passes Away

Tawny Kitaen died on Friday (May 7th) at her home in Newport Beach. The actor’s cause of death wasn’t revealed in the official report. But Tawny reportedly kept the last name Finely, or was at least at listed as such, in the report. In recent years, the actor had been candid about her battles with substance abuse.

Kitaen appeared on the reality show “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2008. She had a few run-ins with authorities over the years. For instance, authorities charged her with cocaine possession in 2006. She also garnered a driving under the influence charge in 2009.

Kitaen had a couple different phases to her career. For instance, she starred opposite a young Tom Hanks in the film “Bachelor Party” in the 1980s. But Kitaen first made a name for herself in the music industry during her early career. Her name will forever be associated with Whitesnake. She famously appeared in the music video for their hit song “Here I Go Again.”

That tune along with “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “The Deeper the Love” turned Kitaen into ’80’s vixen. She also garnered attention when she briefly married Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale in 1989.

Outside of the music industry, Kitaen found work as an actor. She starred in Witchboard,” “White Hot” and  “Dead Tides” for instance. In more recent years, Kitaen cashed in on some of her previous fame. She made appearances in numerous reality shows such as “The Surreal Life,” “Botched” and the aforementioned “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”