Julie E. "Tawny" Kitaen, who was possibly best known for appearing in several 1980s music videos for the 'hair metal' rock band Whitesnake, has died.

According to TMZ, local authorities said she died at her home in Newport Beach on Friday morning, but a cause of death has not been released. She was 59.

Born in San Diego, California, Kitaen's start in the entertainment business came in 1983 when she appeared on the cover of albums by heavy metal band RATT.

Kitaen later became a so-called "video vixen", appearing most notably in Whitesnake's 1987 hit "Here I Go Again" where she did choreographed gymnastics on vintage cars.


Kitaen, who was married to lead singer David Coverdale, from 1989 to 1991, also appeared in

"Still of the Night," "Is This Love" and "The Deeper the Love."

She broke into acting in movies and was moderately successful, most memorably playing Tom Hanks' girlfriend in the 1984 comedy Bachelor Party.

She had a guest role in a Seinfeld episode, "The Nose Job", but most recently appeared in several reality shows, including Botched and a season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, in which she revealed she had struggled with substance abuse.

Tawny Kitaen was married to David Coverdale. Picture: Supplied
Tawny Kitaen was married to David Coverdale. Picture: Supplied


In 2006 she was charged for cocaine possession and driving under the influence in 2009.

Kitaen was married to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002 and they had two daughters together.

Finley and Kitaen separated following Finley's claims that his wife repeatedly kicked him during a domestic dispute.

Kitaen had two children with baseball pitcher Chuck Finley. Picture: Supplied
Kitaen had two children with baseball pitcher Chuck Finley. Picture: Supplied


Kitaen is survived by daughters Wynter, 28, and Raine, 22.

Coverdale tweeted in remembrance of his former wife:

While many fans posted on social media that they were in shock and wondered if the story was a rumour, Kitaen's daughters took to Instagram on Saturday afternoon local time to confirm the news was sadly true:

Others started to post tributes including Richard Marx, Jennifer Tilley and others:

 

 


Originally published as Bachelor Party star dead at 59



12 offenders named: Drug driver given meth as Easter present

Premium Content 12 offenders named: Drug driver given meth as Easter present

Full list of 12 drink drivers and drug drivers recently disqualified in Rockhampton...

Queensland Health responds to CQ Covid case claims

Premium Content Queensland Health responds to CQ Covid case claims

Queensland Police still deciding whether investigate the matter, which sparked a...

$85K shade shelter installed at North Rocky park

Premium Content $85K shade shelter installed at North Rocky park

The park was closed for several weeks during construction.