Best of 2011

A Farewell to the Stars We Lost This Year

From Elizabeth Taylor to Amy Winehouse, we pay tribute to the people whose lives touched us all

JEFF CONAWAY

Conaway's scene-stealing performance as suave T-Bird Kenickie in 1978's Grease (alongside John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John) was his springboard to the popular '80s sitcom Taxi, playing cabbie Bobby Wheeler. After leaving the show, Conaway's life spiraled out of control as he battled cocaine, painkiller and alcohol addiction – all of which were documented in his 2008 appearance on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Unable to achieve sobriety, Conaway died on May 27 at age 60, days after being found unconscious in his home – the apparent result of pneumonia and physical damage from prolonged drug use.