Tawny Kitaen’s cause of death has officially been revealed. A spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department says the actress died from dilated cardiomyopathy and that it has been ruled as a natural death. Other conditions listed include: mild coronary atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), mirtazapine (antidepressant), mirtazapine metabolite, alprazolam (Xanax), acetaminophen (Tylenol), pregabalin (nerve pain medication) and hydrocodone (opioid). As previously reported, Kitaen died at her Newport Beach home in May 2021 at the age of 59. During her life, the actress was previously married to Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale and starred in some of the band’s videos including their iconic “Here I Go Again” music video. She also previously dated late RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby and appeared on the cover of the band’s self-titled EP and “Out Of The Cellar.”
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Inge Ginsberg, the 99-year-old Holocaust survivor who spent her final years performing in the death metal band Inge & The TritoneKings, has sadly passed away. Her bandmate Pedro da Silva confirmed the news to The New York Times, saying that she died of heart failure. Ginsberg lived an incredible life that saw her escape the Nazis during World War II and help pass messages between Italian resistance fighters and the American O.S.S. She also worked as a songwriter, journalist, and more. You can watch a past documentary on Ginsberg and a past music video below:
The Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts has sadly passed away at the age of 80. This news comes after it was previously revealed that the drummer would be missing the band’s U.S. tour so he could have time to recover from an undisclosed medical procedure. A spokesperson issued the following statement regarding his death:
“It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today surrounded by his family. Charlie was a cherished husband, father and grandfather and also a member of The Rolling Stones one of the greatest drummers of his generation. We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) has sadly passed away at the age of 62. The frontman, who was reportedly unvaccinated, died after being hospitalized with COVID pneumonia. The Skull confirmed the news on Facebook:
“We all are devastated and in shock. We lost a band mate, friend, and brother. We will make a statement once we get more info and come to terms with this.”
The band’s ex-guitarist Chuck Robinson also commented:
“This morning I awoke to the worst news… We are all truely devastated.. My dear friend, band mate and brother Eric Wagner has passed. Goodnight Tempter.. We love you..”
Former Fuck The Facts guitarist Tim Audette has sadly passed away. His death follows a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis.
The band issued the following statement:
“We are saddened to share the news that former FTF guitarist Tim Audette recently passed away after fighting a long and courageous battle with M.S.
Tim was there at the very start of the band formation of Fuck The Facts in 2001, and played on the albums ‘Mullet Fever‘ and ‘Backstabber Etiquette‘, as well as our splits with Ames Sanglantes and Sylvester Staline.
Even though he had a much more traditional metal background, Tim always embraced every wild idea that was brought to the table, and had a big part in the all the music that we created and released during his period in the band. We are lucky to have known him and shared so many adventures together.
Our hearts go out to all of his family and friends. RIP Tim.”
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill has sadly passed away at the age of 72. This news comes after the bassist recently left tour early due to a “hip issue.” The band commented:
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that “Blues Shuffle in C.” You will be missed greatly, amigo. Frank & Billy”
Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has sadly passed away at the age of 46. No cause of death has been revealed.
Jordison’s family issued the following statement:
“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021. He was 46.
Joey‘s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow.
To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music.
The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time.
The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”
Metal Church singer Mike Howe has sadly passed away at the age of 55. The band issued the following statement:
“It is with our deepest regrets that we must announce the passing of our brother, our friend and true legend of heavy metal music. Mike Howe passed away this morning at his home in Eureka, California. We are devastated and at a loss for words. Please respect our privacy and the Howe family’s privacy during this most difficult time.”
Founding Kansas violinist and co-vocalist Robby Steinhardt has sadly passed away. The musician was 71 years old.
Steinhardt’s family issued the following statement:
“Robert Eugene Steinhardt, was well recognized as a founding member and original violinist and vocalist for the rock band Kansas. His violin and vocals on, ‘Dust in The Wind,’ ‘Point Of No Return’ and ‘Carry On Wayward Son,’ have etched Robby a solid place in rock history.
Robby had been recording his new album with producer Michael Franklin, who put together an all-star cast of famous musicians in support of Robby’s comeback. Steinhardt was very proud of this project, slated for release in late 2021. He had begun rehearsals for a national tour when he became ill.
Robby is survived by his wife Cindy, and daughter Becky. Steinhardt was 71 years old. He will be deeply missed by all he knew and his music will last forever. A memorial will be announced in the future.”
Kansas also commented:
“The members of the band KANSAS, past and present, wish to express our deepest sorrow over the death of our bandmate and friend, Robby Steinhardt.
Robby will always be in our souls, in our minds, and in our music.
What he brought to us as bandmates, to the fans who attended our concerts, and to the sound of KANSAS, will always be heartfelt.
We love him and will miss him always.
Former KISS and Cinderella touring keyboardist Gary Corbett has sadly passed away. This news comes after he was previously diagnosed with an aggressive form of lung cancer that spread to his brain and hip.
Corbett’s family issued the following statement:
“It is with great sadness and the heaviest of hearts that the Cohen/Corbett family needs to let everyone know that after a hard-fought battle with cancer Gary Corbett passed away last night on Wednesday [July] 14, 2021 Those who knew Gary know that we and the world of music have all lost a very talented, funny, kind and gentle soul. The pain cuts so deeply that our hearts are bleeding. A memorial event is being planned. The details will come at a later date Today is Gary’s birthday. Please keep Gary and our family in your thoughts and your heart. Gary Corbett will be truly and deeply missed by all who know him. Lenora Corbett/Cohen and Mindy Cohen.”
KISS and Cinderella both commented as well:
“We are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Gary Corbett to cancer. In addition to being a successful songwriter and session musician, Gary played keyboards on Paul’s first solo tour and with KISS during the Crazy Nights, Hot In The Shade and Revenge tours. We shared many great times back then and send our condolences to his wife Lenora and his family.”
“Late [Wednesday] night, while we were still trying to process the sad news of losing Jeff, we got word that our long time keyboard player Gary Corbett lost his battle with cancer. Gary was a talented musician and good hearted friend. He toured with Cinderella on and off for many years. Our deepest condolences go out to Gary’s wife Lenora and his family and loved ones. RIP Gary.”