Jeff Conaway, famous Grease and Taxi star died:
Jeffrey Charles William Michael Conaway, Popularly known as Jeff Conaway was an American actor died on May 27, 2011 from pneumonia with sepsis after a coma in a hospital in Encino, California. He became and is still widely celebrated for his roles in the movie Grease and the U.S. television series Taxi and Babylon 5.
|Conaway (young and old)|
|Conaway in "Taxi"|
He endured a long battle with drugs and alcohol addiction before he died on Friday. He knew what drug is and that is why he has publicly battled addiction and appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" series in 2008, when he admitted his addiction to cocaine, alcohol and painkillers and talked about his sexual abuse as a child and his co-dependent relationship with his then-girlfriend Vikki Lizzi.
When Conaway was found unconscious in his home earlier this month, his manager released a statement saying Conaway had likely overdosed on drugs. The actor's history of substance abuse has seen heavy publicity in recent years from Conaway's stints on Celebrity Fit Club and Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Drew himself, however, said there is no evidence that Conaway died from an overdose.
His manager, Phil Brock said, "He was the consummate performer and entertainer," said Brock. "We're thankful his struggles are over, but we know he will be missed by legions of fans worldwide." Conaway began his performing career on the stage. He was in the Broadway production of Grease for two years, in the lead role of Danny Zuko. He switched to TV, landing a part on Happy Days and then the movie version of Grease (although Travolta played Danny on screen). Conaway also had a long running role in the TV sitcom, Taxi.
|Conaway, in his dying days|
Conaway was born in October 5, 1950 in New York City, New York, U.S. He had been with the media since he was child (1960). Overall he stared in as many as 45 movies and also stared in almost the same amount of shows and serials in TV. He directed the 1992 film Bikini Summer II.
He has no children from his two wifes- Rona Newton-John (m. 1980-1985, divorced) and Keri Young (m. 1990-?, divorced). Emerson Newton-John, who is racer, is his stepson.
|Emerson Newton, Conaways stepson|
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