Tawny Kitaen, a 1980s music video star reality television personality, passed away in Newport Beach, California on Friday. at the age of 59. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
“We are heartbroken and sad to announce our mother’s death,” daughters Wynter and Raine said in a statement to TMZ. “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. We miss them and love them and we know their legacy will live on forever. “
Kitaen played a number of 80s music videos including Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and Ratt’s “Back for More”. Her films included the 1984 Bachelor Party (alongside Tom Hanks), the French cult classic The Perils of Gwendoline and After Midnight 2014.
On the TV side, Kitaen was known for her roles as Lisa DiNapoli in Santa Barbara and Mona Loveland in The New WKRP in Cincinnati. She also appeared in the Seinfeld episode “The Nose Job” as Jerry’s friend Isabel.
Later she immersed herself in the world of reality TV. She appeared in the sixth season of The Surreal Life as well as in Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew to where she sought help for her addiction to pain medication and cocaine.
She also started on television before joining the game show To Tell the Truth in 1976. In 1987 she was a panelist on New Hollywood Squares and, five years later, hosted America’s Funniest People.