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Saturday, May 28, 2011

'Grease' Jeff Conaway Dies at Age 60

Actor Jeff Conaway, who is known for his role in TV sitcom "Taxi" and the movie musical "Grease", has passed away Friday morning (May 27) at a Los Angeles-area hospital. He was 60 years-old.

Conaway had battled drug and alcohol addiction for many years and he appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky.

The troubled actor was rushed to the hospital after he was found unconscious last May 11 and placed in a medically induced coma. Initially, it described as an overdose but later on Conaway was being treated for pneumonia and sepsis until his death. Conaway's family decided took him off life support (Thursday, May 26).
"Jeff was taken off life-support [Thursday] afternoon," his manager, Phil Brock, tells PEOPLE. "His family chose to take him off of life-support based on advice from physicians. They thought for several days that the situation was hopeless."
Conaway became notable when he took the role of Kenickie in the 1978 film adaptation of 'Grease' alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Also in the same year, Conaway joined the cast of the hit TV series "Taxi," playing the role of Bobby Wheeler (1978-1981). He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1978.

Other TV projects includes Babylon 5, Wizards and Warriors, The Bold and the Beautiful and many more... He also directed the 1992 film, Bikini Summer 2.

Prayers for Jeff Conaway...RIP.

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