According to Fox News, the mode of death was deemed “natural”.
Kitaen was married to baseball player Chuck Finley from 1997 to 2002. She struggled for many years with alcohol and substance abuse which she partially detailed during a 2008 season of “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. . Drew ”. She also had a criminal record which included a domestic violence charge against Finley in 2002, a charge of possession of cocaine and driving while intoxicated in 2009.
Kitaen died at her home in Newport Beach, and her daughters Wynter and Raine confirmed her death in May in a statement posted to Kitaen’s Instagram.
“We are heartbroken and saddened to announce the passing of our mother,” they wrote. “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.
A spokesperson told Fox News that other significant conditions included: mild coronary atherosclerosis; mirtazapine, metabolite of mirtazapine, alprazolam, acetaminophen, pregabalin and hydrocodone. TMZ said other contributing factors included blocked arteries, antidepressants, sedatives, Tylenol, nerve pain relievers and opioids.
Kitaen appeared in several music videos from the 1980s, including Whitesnake’s hit 1987 single “Here I Go Again” and others. (She was married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale from 1989 to 1991.) She began her modeling career with appearances on two album covers for heavy metal band RATT. She also appeared in the video for the song “Back for More” by RATT. (She dated band guitarist Robbin Crosby during and after high school.)
Kitaen played the fiancee of Tom Hanks’ character in the 1984 comedy “Bachelor Party”. She played the role of a woman possessed by a Ouija board spirit in the cult 1986 hit “Witchboard.”
In a 1991 episode of “Seinfeld,” also played the girlfriend of Jerry Seinfeld. Other credits include “Santa Barbara”, “The New WKRP in Cincinnati”, the 1984 French action comedy “Les Perils de Gwendoline”, the 1996 thriller “Playback” and “After Midnight” from 2014 with Richard Grieco.
Kitaen’s death came following the death of his father. Her younger brother Jordan Kitaen told Fox News and TMZ that the actress – he called her by her birth name Julie – had been hit hard by her father’s death.