Tawny Kitaen's death is ruled due to heart disease as opiates were in her system

Tawny Kitaen’s death at 59 is ruled due to heart disease … as medical officials confirm opiates were in her system

  • Officials said opioids, sedatives, antidepressants were in her system 
  • Kitaen died on May 7 at her Newport Beach, California home 
  • She had appeared in a variety of movies, TV shows and music videos 
  • She was famously been featured in Whitesnake videos including Here I Go Again 


Tawny Kitaen’s death at 59 was the result of dilated cardiomyopathy, a common heart disease, according to medical examiners.

The Orange County Coroner’s Office said that other factors in Kitaen’s May 7 death at her Newport Beach, California home were linked to antidepressants, opioids, clogged arteries, sedatives, Tylenol and nerve pain medication, TMZ reported.

The outlet in May reported that police told Kitaen’s family that the items recovered at the scene indicated there were no signs she tried to take her life, or that drugs or alcohol factored into her passing.

The latest: Tawny Kitaen's death at 59 was the result of dilated cardiomyopathy, a common heart disease, according to medical examiners. She was snapped in 2018 in St Charles, Missouri

The latest: Tawny Kitaen’s death at 59 was the result of dilated cardiomyopathy, a common heart disease, according to medical examiners. She was snapped in 2018 in St Charles, Missouri

Kitaen was cremated; in late May, Kitaen’s family and friends had a celebration of life for her at the Newport Beach home of her ex-husband, former MLB pitcher Chuck Finley, according to the outlet. 

Kitaen, who was past wed to Whitesnake vocalist David Coverdale, made memorable appearances in the band’s videos including Here I Go Again, Is This Love and The Deeper the Love.

She appeared on shows such as Seinfeld, The New WKRP in Cincinnati, Moms Anonymous and Santa Barbara, and in films including Bachelor Party, Witchboard and Happy Hour.

She also had a presence on reality TV, with appearances on shows including The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. 

Flashback: The actress was snapped November of 1994

Flashback: The actress was snapped November of 1994 

Jordan Kitaen told the outlet that the April 12 death of their father Terry from skin cancer overwhelmed her, as they were very close

Jordan Kitaen told the outlet that the April 12 death of their father Terry from skin cancer overwhelmed her, as they were very close 

Kitaen’s daughters Wynter and Raine said in a statement at the time of her passing, ‘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.’

Her brother Jordan Kitaen told the outlet that the April 12 death of their father Terry from skin cancer overwhelmed her, as they were very close.

Speaking with Fox in May, Jordan noted that Tawny ‘was close with her daughters’ and ‘they took [her death] extremely hard.

‘But we sort of have circled the wagons around them. They’ve been strong. They both did great speaking at the service.’

source: dailymail.co.uk