‘Bachelor Party’ Actress and ’80s Music Video Star Tawny Kitaen’s Cause of Death Revealed

Almost five months after her untimely death at age 59, the cause of death of Tawny Kitaen, a rock music video star of the 1980s, was announced on Wednesday.

Tawny Kitaen’s Cause of Death Revealed

The reason for the star’s death was dilated cardiomyopathy, a common kind of heart disease, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in California, which confirmed the news to multiple media sites. Mild coronary atherosclerosis and the use of certain drugs, such as mirtazapine, its metabolite, alprazolam, acetaminophen, pregabalin, and hydrocodone, were also variables.

Kitaen, who was likely most well-known for her part in “Bachelor Party,” passed away on May 7 in her Newport Beach, California, home.

Wynter and Raine Finley, her daughters with ex-husband and former MLB star Chuck Finley, took to Instagram to break the news of their mother’s passing.

“We are heartbroken and saddened to announce the death of our mom,” children Wynter and Raine Finley wrote on Instagram back in May. “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 every day. We miss and love her and know her legacy will live on forever.”

tawny kitaen cause of death
tawny kitaen cause of death

Kitaen co-starred with Tom Hanks as Hank’s fiancee in the 1984 comedy “Bachelor Party,” and she guest-starred as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend in an episode of the show in 1991. She was also a star in movies like “Witchboard” and “Crystal Heart” in the ’80s.

Kitaen is well-known as a musician as well. She has featured on the band Ratt’s album covers and music videos. She appeared in the music videos for Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” and “Still of the Night” in the 1980s, as well as Ratt’s “Back for More” in 1984.

Kitaen’s most recent acting performances were on the TV comedy series “Moms Anonymous” and the biographical drama “Large @ Life.” She has also been on the reality shows “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” on which she discussed her struggles with substance misuse, and as a co-host on “America’s Funniest People.”

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