Actor Jeff Conaway in coma following drug overdose
Star of 'Grease' and TV's 'Taxi' had long history of substance abuse problems
Jeff Conaway, star of the movie "Grease" and the TV series "Taxi" is in critical condition at an Encino hospital after an apparent drug overdose. The actor has had a long history of substance abuse issues, and had appeared on "Celebrity Rehab" to discuss his battles with cocaine and alcohol.
In 2008, actor Jeff Conaway joined 'Celebrity Rehab,' where he opened up about his longtime addictions to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Conaway was found unresponsive in his home on May 11. "He is in a coma and unresponsive at this time," said manager Phil Brock. Family members have been waiting for news, Brock said, adding, "He turned his head two days ago, but nothing since." There is no word on whether doctors expect Conaway to wake up.
Conaway had been battling drug and alcohol abuse for the past several years, and suffered a bad fall a year ago while he was under the influence of methadone and OxyContin.
Conaway is perhaps best known for his role as "Kenickie" in "Grease" in which he starred alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Conaway is also known for his part in the comedy series "Taxi," in which he starred as out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler from 1978 to 1981.
In 1980, he married Olivia Newton-John's sister Rona, but the couple, who have a son called Emerson, divorced five years later.
During that decade, Conaway was treated for a substance abuse problem which reared its ugly head again in the mid-2000s.
He signed up for Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and spoke candidly about his addictions to cocaine, alcohol, and painkillers.
He left "Taxi" in 1982 and worked in television throughout the 1980s and '90s, including a starring stint on "Babylon 5."
In 2008, Conaway joined "Celebrity Rehab," where he opened up about his longtime addictions to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol.
Manager Phil Brock described Jeff Conaway as a "gentle soul" who has been unable to "exorcise his demons."
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