Jeff Conaway in Coma After Apparent Drug Overdose
“Grease” actor Jeff Conaway, whose shambolic life was made painfully public during a 2008 stint on “Celebrity Rehab,” has slipped into a coma and is in critical condition following a drug overdose last week. The former “Taxi” star”s manager, Phil Brock, says the 60 year old was found unconscious on May 11 after possibly OD”ing on pain pills.
Brock would not disclose what hospital Conaway is admitted to, only that it is located in Encino, Calif. The actor”s recovery is uncertain.
“He is in a coma and unresponsive at this time,” Brock told E! Online. “He turned his head two days ago, but nothing since.”
Conaway rocketed to fame in 1978 with a starring role in “Grease” and in the same year began his 3-year run on the hit TV series, “Taxi.” Roles dried up in the 1980s as his substance abuse problem worsened, but he later found steady work on the sci-fi hit, “Babylon 5.”
In 2008 a wiry and broken Conaway joined the cast of VH1″s “Celebrity Rehab” in an attempt to address his long-time addiction to drugs and alcohol. It did not work and last year he injured himself in a bad fall while under the influence of methadone and OxyContin.
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