Tawny Kitaen’s cause of death has been determined months after her tragic passing. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department finally released a report detailing what happened to Tawny Kitaen months ago.
On Wednesday, the department in California exclusively revealed to Fox News that Tawny Kitaen’s cause of death was due to dilated cardiomyopathy. They also ruled her manner of death as natural.
According to Cleveland Clinic, the condition Tawny had is the most common type of nonischemic cardiomyopathy. In DCM, the ability of a patient’s heart to pump decreased due to an enlarged and dilated left ventricle. Once it worsens, it can weaken the walls of the heart’s muscles before the kidney responds to it by retaining the body’s fluid.
If fluid finally builds up in different parts and organs of the body, congestion occurs and leads to congestive heart failure. Kitaen passed away at the age of 59 at her home in California. Her daughters, Wynter and Raine, both confirmed her death through the model’s Instagram account.
“We just want to say thank you to all of you, her fans and her friends, for always showing her such support and love. You gave her life every day,” their statement said at that time.
Before her death, Kitaen famously appeared in rock music videos during the peak of MTV. Since then, she became the rock industry’s video vixen following her appearance on the cover of Ratt’s two albums. She also starred in Whitesnake’s 1987 hit song Here I Go Again.
Outside the music industry, Kitaen also appeared in several shows. She once starred as the fiancée of Tom Hanks’ character in Bachelor Party. She also became the partner of Jerry Seinfeld’s character in a 1991 episode of Seinfeld.
Aside from those shows, she added America’s Funniest People, The Surreal Life, and Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, where she revealed her substance abuse struggles.
In 2016, she was arrested after the authorities found 15 grams of cocaine inside her home in Orange County. She eventually entered rehab before getting dismissed from the case. However, she was arrested again only a few years later for driving under the influence.
In addition, she was once put under custody for, allegedly, abusing her then-husband, Chuck Finley. She underwent anger management counseling and conflict resolution treatment in order to dismiss the two misdemeanor counts of spousal abuse against her. She also once dated former football star, OJ Simpson.