NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Tawny Kitaen, the sultry red-haired actress who appeared in rock music videos during MTV’s heyday and starred in 1984 comedy “Bachelor Party” alongside Tom Hanks, has died. She was 59 years old.
The Orange County coroner office said she died at her Newport Beach home on Friday. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
Her daughters Wynter and Raine confirmed their mother’s death on Kitaen’s Instagram account.
“We just want to thank you all, your fans and your friends for always showing you such support and love. You gave her life every day, “she said in her statement.
Kitaen became the “video vixen” of the rock world after appearing on the cover of two albums for heavy metal band Ratt and starring in several music videos for Whitesnake, including the 1987 smash song “Here I Go Again”. In the video, which was played repeatedly on the burgeoning music television network, Kitaen was playing cartwheels on the hood of a jaguar.
She also starred as the fiancé of Tom Hanks’ character in the comedy “Bachelor Party” and as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend in a 1991 episode of “Seinfeld” on the reality shows “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, ”she revealed her fight against substance abuse.
Kitaen has had a tumultuous personal life that included a brief marriage to Whitesnake’s singer David Coverdale and a rocky marriage to baseball pitcher Chuck Finley, with whom she had two daughters.
“My condolences to their children, family, friends and fans,” tweeted Coverdale on Saturday.
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