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Legendary 80s Vixen Tawny Kitaen Has Sadly Passed Away

TMZ - Tawny Kitaen, the actress who starred in "Bachelor Party" and whose personal life was filled with radical ups and downs, has died ... TMZ has learned.

Kitaen died in Newport Beach Friday. The coroner has yet to determine cause of death.

Tawny started out on a game show back in 1976 -- "To Tell the Truth." She migrated into movies and achieved some success with her roles, especially "Bachelor Party."

And, Tawny famously was featured in some music videos, notably Whitesnake's "Is This Love," and "Here I Go Again."

Kitaen dated Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby while she was still in high school and even followed his band to L.A. in the late '70s. She was featured on the album cover of the band's album "Out of the Cellar" and their debut EP "Ratt."

Tawny's personal life was rocky. She married Whitesnake's lead singer, David Coverdale, back in 1989, but the marriage only lasted 2 years.  She went on to marry baseball star Chuck Finley -- with whom she had 2 daughters -- and the end of that relationship proved disastrous.  Finley claimed she repeatedly kicked him in the face with her high heels and she was charged with domestic violence. Those charges were later dismissed. He filed for divorce 3 days later.

She also had substance abuse issues and was arrested for drug possession and DUI ... which was well-chronicled in the media.

Tawny was 59.

The story goes that a young Tawny somehow suckered a roadie into giving her a backstage pass at a Peter Frampton show (she was 14) and when she got backstage and saw the special treatment Frampton's girlfriend received she knew she wanted to grow up to fuck rockstars.

And fuck rockstars she did.

If you grew up in the 80s or 90s chances are Tawny in turn made you want to grow up to be a rockstar. 

Sad day finding out she passed away. Thanks for the boners Tawny.

She is the reason I sniff the hood of every jaguar I see. just in case…just in case…