The “Bachelor Party” star died of dilated cardiomyopathy, TMZ reported Wednesday, citing the Orange County coroner’s office. Other contributing factors included blocked arteries, antidepressants, sedatives, nerve pain relievers, and opioids.
Kitaen died on May 7 at the age of 59 in Newport Beach, California. His close family and friends recently gathered for an intimate celebration to honor his life after his cremation.
In addition to “Bachelor Party”, Kitaen also starred in the 1984 French cult classic “The Perils of Gwendoline” and “After Midnight” in 2014.
Kitaen began her career on the game show “To Tell the Truth” in 1976 and eventually migrated to film, where she achieved moderate success. The vixen has also appeared in a few classic music videos, including “Is This Love” and “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake.
She married singer David Coverdale in 1989, but the marriage lasted only two years. Kitaen then married baseball star Chuck Finley in 1997, but the former couple broke up in 2002 after claiming she repeatedly punched him during a marital argument.
They shared two daughters: Wynter, 28, and Raine, 22.
“We are heartbroken and saddened to announce the passing of our mother,” Kitaen’s daughters wrote on social media after their mother’s death. “We just want to thank you for [sic] all of you, his fans and friends, for always showing him so much support and love. You gave it life every day. We miss her and love her and we know her legacy will live on forever.
Kitaen has publicly detailed his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction and had a criminal record that included a charge of possession of cocaine in 2006 and impaired driving in 2009.