In a new interview, Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale opened up about the death of ex-wife Tawny Kitaen, the actress best known to rock fans for her role in Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” video.
Kitaen died in May at the age of 59. No foul play was suspected and the cause of death was found to be natural. “Here I Go Again” then went up the rock charts.
Talk to Talkin ‘Rock with Meltdown Last week, Coverdale called Kitaen “a synonym for Whitesnake, along with MTV [and an] iconic and incredible beauty that attracted so much attention to my music. ” [via UCR]
He added, “Once you say, ‘Oh, my God, she’s gorgeous,’ you say, ‘Wow, the songs aren’t bad either!’ Yeah, so that was a shock – he didn’t. there was no doubt. I didn’t see it coming. “
Coverdale continued, “But then unfortunately I lose a lot of people. At this age, it’s so strange how many people I know who check, privately or professionally. It’s pretty crazy. is forward and forward – that must be my philosophy. “
The Whitesnake conductor also admitted that he hadn’t spoken to Kitaen in over three decades. He has been married to his current wife, Cindy, for almost 25 years.
Recalling the day Kitaen died, Coverdale said, “I got a late night text and thought, ‘Oh, my God.’ Really, to be honest, there had been no communication for over 30 years. I have been, and continue to be, deeply invested in my marriage to Cindy. “
He added: “I think it would have been different if Tawny and I had a child, but we didn’t. And I sent my condolences to his family and friends, and I did. a modest public statement because it really wasn’t my place to do anything else. “
Kitaen was born Julie E. Kitaen on August 5, 1961 in San Diego. She appeared on television in The New WKRP in Cincinnati, The funniest people in America, Seinfeld, Santa barbara and more. She has acted in films such as Bachelor party, Happy Hour and Instant justice. Later in life she dabbled in reality TV on Surreal life and Celebrity rebab with Dr. Drew.
Besides appearing in the music video for “Here I Go Again” in 1987, Tawny also appeared in the music videos for “Still of the Night” and “Is This Love” by Whitesnake, as well as in “Back for More” by Ratt.
Listen to Coverdale’s interview below. Sevendust’s Lajon Witherspoon was also a guest on the same podcast.
David Coverdale on Talkin ‘Rock with Meltdown – October 29, 2021