Tawny Kitaen’s Daughters Open Up About Her Death

by Madison Miller

Tawny Kitaen, a popular actress known for roles like “Bachelor Party” and “Witchboard,” passed away five months ago at the age of 59. The actress was also known for a number of roles in the music industry. She was in many MTV music videos and was also the face of album covers for Ratt.

From a wild “Here I Go Again” music video performance to playing Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend, Kitaen had a pretty expansive career.

She died on May 7 from what the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in California confirmed as dilated cardiomyopathy, which is a type of heart disease, to several news outlets.

The actress was once married to the now-retired Major League Baseball player, Chuck Finley. The couple had two children together, Wynter and Raine Finley.

Wynter Finley Reflects on Tawny Kitaen Death

Since Tawny Kitaen passed away, both of her kids have responded to the weight of the loss. Wynter spoke to Fox News about learning about her mother’s cause of death recently.

“To be honest, I had a big sense of relief to know it was natural. But regardless of the outcome, at the end of the day, I don’t have a mom anymore. And that’s all I care about. But in a way, I am relieved that it was natural,” the 28-year-old said during the interview.

Both she and Raine are grateful she went “peacefully.”

While the official cause of death was revealed recently, her family thinks a broken heart is also a factor in her death. Jordan Kitaen, the brother of Tawny Kitaen, told TMZ that his sister took the death of their father particularly hard. He died in April after a battle with skin cancer. He thought that maybe his death was just too much for her to handle.

“They were super close. We used to always say they were kindred spirits. They had the same sense of humor. My mom had this amazing wit and she got that from our grandpa. I agree with my uncle. I think she did die of a broken heart,” Wynter told the news outlet.

The Kitaen family is now dealing with a lot of loss all at once. Their mother passed away on May 7 and then they had their grandfather’s funeral on the 10th. The family placed a photo of their mother with her father in the seat she would have been sitting in for the service.

Children Announce Mother’s Death

It was her two children that officially announced their mother’s passing on Instagram.

They 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.”

Some of Tawny Kitaen’s more recent roles include “Moms Anonymous,” “Large @ Life,” “America’s Funniest People,” “The Surreal Life,” as well as “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”