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Originally posted 10/01/2011 04:15PM
An autopsy has revealed the cause of death for Taxi and Grease star Jeff Conaway, who passed away at age 60 last May.
The actor, who publicly struggled with addiction, died from a major internal infection, the Associated Press reports.
A coroner says that a toxicology test was not conducted because Conaway was hospitalized for weeks before his death, so his blood would have tested clean.
Originally posted 05/31/2011 08:30AM
Although Jeff Conaway, who died on Friday at the age of 60, often spoke of his longtime battle with drug and alcohol addiction, he "was a terribly complex case with chronic pain, opiate addiction and severe childhood trauma," says Dr. Drew Pinsky, who had worked with the actor over the past few years.
Conaway's family has waived their HIPAA privacy rights, to allow Dr. Pinsky to talk to PEOPLE about Conaway's medical history.
"One of the deeply moving aspects of Jeff's case was the profound trauma he suffered during childhood," says Pinsky. "He described these events on [Celebrity Rehab], but viewers somehow did not really understand the profound, painful grinding quality of what he lived through."
Originally posted 05/27/2011 06:05PM
The death of Jeff Conaway at age 60 on Friday prompted two of his onetime costars, John Travolta and Marilu Henner, to remember him fondly.
"Jeff Conaway was a wonderful and decent man and we will miss him. My heartfelt thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time," Travolta, 57, told PEOPLE.
The actors met on the set of the hit 1978 movie musical Grease. Both actors played members of the T-birds: Travolta was the lead, Danny Zuko, and Conaway played his best friend Kenickie Murdock. The role helped launch Conaway's career, and the movie became one of the screen's biggest-grossing musicals of all time.
Originally posted 05/27/2011 03:00PM
Jeff Conaway, the long-troubled actor from Grease and TV's Taxi who waged a public battle with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, died Friday at age 60.
The Celebrity Rehab alum had been in a medically induced coma in critical condition after he was found unconscious earlier this month.
"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 died at 10:30 a.m. at a Los Angeles-area hospital. He was surrounded by his sisters, nieces and nephews, Brock says.
Originally posted 05/26/2011 05:00PM
Late at night on May 9, Jeff Conaway's on-again, off-again girlfriend Victoria Spinoza visited him at the San Fernando Valley home where he was staying with a pal.
According to her best friend Aubry Fisher, Spinoza left Conaway with a hug and told him she'd see him the next day to take him to a doctor's appointment. When she called that morning, Conaway didn't answer.
Spinoza went to the house and the friend couldn't wake Conaway. "That's when Vikki called 911," Fisher tells PEOPLE.
The final meeting is part of a bitter dispute between Spinoza and the family of the 60-year-old star of Grease and Taxi, who is now fighting for his life in a medically induced coma.
Originally posted 05/21/2011 10:15PM
Jeff Conaway needs all the help and well-wishes he can get, according to Dr. Drew Pinsky.
The former Taxi actor, who was hospitalized earlier this week, is "not doing well today suddenly," Pinsky Tweeted Saturday evening. The doctor later described Conaway's state as "tenuous."
Pinksy – who previously worked to help Conaway with his addiction to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol on Celebrity Rehab – visited the actor Friday.
"Just visited Jeff Conaway. He is stable & looks like he will recover from his pneumonia," Pinsky wrote Friday evening. "Not an OD like press is alleging & certainly not dead."
However on Saturday, Pinsky said that Conaway, 60, had taken a turn for the worse. "[He is] still considered critical with #sepsis. Many people die from septic shock. yes, he is VERY tenuous," wrote Pinsky. "My hopes & prayers r with him & his family! … Yes, we all need to pray for him."
Originally posted 05/20/2011 12:45PM
After a long history of health problems and addiction, Taxi star Jeff Conaway fell into a coma a week ago in Los Angeles.
The latest crisis for the troubled actor, 60, came as a surprise to those closest to him.
"He seemed fine early last week," his manager of eight years, Phil Brock, told PEOPLE on Thursday. "He had spoken with his agent and his management team and even attended an autograph signing. He really seemed in fine spirits."
Originally posted 05/18/2011 07:15PM
Celebrity Rehab alum Jeff Conaway is back in the hospital following an apparent overdose.
The Taxi star, 60, who has had a longtime public battle with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, is in critical condition at Encino Hospital Medical Center unconscious with pneumonia, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The troubled actor is also known for his role as Kenickie, the suave T-Birds member who starred in Grease alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Originally posted 01/19/2010 09:05AM
Actor Jeff Conaway, who played Kenickie in the 1978 movie Grease, was badly injured in a fall at his California home on Monday, according to reports.
Conaway, 59, fell down a staircase and suffered a broken hip, a broken arm, a fractured neck and a brain hemorrhage, according to TMZ.com, based on information from his girlfriend, Vikki Lizzi.
He was rushed to hospital for surgery. No other details are currently available.
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