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Julie E. “Tawny” Kitaen, who famously appeared in several Whitesnake music videos and starred as Tom Hanks’s fiancée in Bachelor Party, has died. She was 59.

Kitaen died in her Newport Beach, Calif., home on Friday morning (May 7). The Orange County Coroner’s Office confirmed her death via a press release, which listed her as Tawny Finley. Her cause of death has not yet been released.

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Kitaen’s representatives for comment.

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Born in San Diego, Kitaen began her journey as an ’80s music video heartthrob by appearing on several albums for the heavy metal band RATT, as well as their “Back for More” video. She later appeared in a video for Whitesnake’s 1987 smash hit “Here I Go Again,” along with “Still of the Night,” “Is This Love” and “The Deeper the Love.”

Kitaen was briefly married to Whitesnake lead singer David Coverdale from 1989-1991.

Notable film and television roles include for Kitaen include Witchboard, White Hot, Dead Tides, Santa Barbara, Seinfeld and most recently Moms Anonymous. She also recently appeared in several reality shows, including The Surreal Life, Botched and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.

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

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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