If you were a child of the 80s you saw music video vixen Tawny Kitaen in Whitesnake’s music video for Is This Love. This propelled her career in various acting gigs but it was her music video appearances that made her an icon. Sadly it has been revealed that she died at her home in Newport Beach on Friday morning, but a cause of death has not been revealed. She was 59.
Born in San Diego. California, Kitaen’s first introduction to the rock world came in 1983 when she appeared on the cover of back-to-back albums by heavy metal band RATT, including the band’s self-titled 1983 debut and the triple-platinum “Out of the Cellar, in 1984. Kitaen was dating RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby at the time.
Model and actress Carrie Stevens also confirmed the news on Twitter.
“It’s true. I don’t [blame] people for not wanting to believe it…. but it is fact,” she wrote on Twitter. “Let let her family give the official statement. They deserve that respect. RIP to a legend.”
Kitaen’s last social media post was made on Thursday, thanking a fan for their artwork.
Kitaen was born as Julie Kitaen in 1961 to parents Terry and Linda, later taking on the nickname “Tawny” around the age of 12, according to Rocks Off Magazine.
More recently, she made appearances on reality shows The Surreal Life, Botched and a season of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Tawny Kitaen will be missed…