Child star and Bachelor Party actor Tawny Kitaen has died aged 59 in California.
Kitaen, who has battled substance abuse in the past and spent her later years in reality shows including Celebrity Rehab, died in her home in Newport Beach Friday morning.
The Orange County coroner’s office, which identified her as Tawny Finley, has not yet revealed a cause of death.
Kitaen, real name Julie E. Kitaen, is best known for her appearances in rock music videos and for her role in the 1984 hit movie Bachelor Party where she starred alongside Tom Hanks.
Aside from her work, Kitaen’s personal life also hit headlines with rumors of an affair with OJ Simpson, a history of addiction and brushes with the law.
Child star and Bachelor Party actor Tawny Kitaen has died aged 59 in California (pictured in October 2017 at The Hollywood Show held at Westin LAX Hotel)
Tawny Kitaen in the 1984 hit movie Bachelor Party where she starred alongside Tom Hanks
In recent years she has had stints on several reality shows including The Ex-Wives Club (pictured with Angie Everhart, Marla Maples and Shar Jackson on the show)
Pictured in 1986. Kitaen, who has battled substance abuse in the past and spent her later years in reality shows including Celebrity Rehab, died in her home in Newport Beach Friday morning
Kitaen posted on social media just one day before her death, thanking a fan for a drawing.
‘Thank you my darling, thank you so much for your picture you drew of me,’ she tweeted Thursday, alongside the sketch.
Kitaen was born in San Diego, California, and caught the Hollywood bug at a young age.
Her road to fame began in 1976 when she starred in the game show To Tell the Truth as a teen.
She then bagged a role in the 1983 TV show Malibu playing Mahoney’s girlfriend.
From there she went on to star in several films including Bachelor Party, After Midnight and The Perils of Gwendoline in the Land of the Yik Yak.
She also landed several gigs in rock music videos including for British rock band Whitesnake and American band RATT.
Her personal life was notoriously rocky.
During filming for Whitesnake’s videos she met and started dating the band’s lead singer David Coverdale.
Kitaen posted on social media just one day before her death, thanking a fan for a drawing
Tawny Kitaen with Robby Benson in Crack In The Mirror. She died Friday in California
Kitaen pictured in 2018. Kitaen was born in San Diego, California, and caught the Hollywood bug at a young age
The couple wed in 1989 but the marriage was short-lived, with them parting ways in 1991.
Kitaen went on to allegedly have an affair with OJ Simpson when he was married to Nicole Brown Simpson.
Nicole was brutally murdered in 1994 alongside Ron Goldman. Sports star OJ was charged with the two slayings in a criminal trial that became known as the ‘Trial of the century.’
Simpson walked free after the 11-month trial which was streamed live on TV and closely followed by the nation.
He was controversially acquitted but was later found responsible for the wrongful deaths of the two victims in a civil trial.
In an explosive documentary in 2016, one of Nicole’s closest friends claimed OJ told Nicole about his affair with Kitaen and told her he had strayed because she got fat after giving birth to his children.
‘He was pretty darn brazen. He blamed his affair with Tawny Kitaen on the fact that Nicole got fat when she was pregnant and he didn’t want to have sex with her,’ Nicole’s friend said.
Tawny Kitaen and Michael Desbanes 1995 in New York City. She had her first touch of fame as a teen before starring in movies and music videos
Kitaen then met and married baseball star Chuck Finley in 1997 and they had two children together – Wynter Merin Finley, 28, and Raine Finley, 22.
The couple split up in 2002.
More recently, she has had various stints on reality TV shows including Botched, The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew.
Kitaen has spoken in the past about her troubles with substance abuse.
She has also had some brushes with the law including being charged for cocaine possession in 2006 and DUI in 2009.
Tributes started pouring in from fans Saturday as news of Kitaen’s death broke.
‘RIP Tawn,’ wrote one person.
‘Tawny… I love you. I will miss our talks about everything from painting, decorating, music and our daughters… RIP sweetheart…,’ wrote another.
Another tweeted: ‘Tawny, you were always nice to me when we interacted on Twitter. I send ym condolences to your family.’
Tributes started pouring in from fans Saturday as news of Kitaen’s death broke