Conaway was admitted to the hospital earlier in the month for what was speculated to be a drug overdose. Conaway’s manager later came forward and claimed that it was NOT a drug overdose that put Conaway in the hospital, but some routine maintenance to continue the preservation of his heath. Until today, the public was led to believe that Conaway would make a full recovery, but unfortunately, those speaking for Jeff were wrong.
Conaway suffered through decades-long battles with substance abuse and addiction and had been in rehab several times. In the early days of the month, Conaway had fallen into a coma and was put on life support. Earlier this morning, he was taken off all machines and he died shortly thereafter.
God bless Jeff, and condolences to his loved ones.
May 27, 2011 at 1:30 pm by Sarah
I was sad to hear about Jeff Conaway‘s latest overdose this past week, and I’m sure many of you were as well. Conaway seems like a good guy with a lot of problems, and it was upsetting to think that he might have gone out that way. But, according to Dr. Drew, this whole thing has just been a big misunderstanding. Here are some of his explanatory Tweets:
Just visited Jeff Conaway. He is stable & looks like he will recover from his pneumonia. Not an OD like press is alleging & certainly not dead.
“Why is his manager giving all the reports that he’s in a Coma?” He’s in an induced coma. He’s actually on a Propafol drip.
“That also means he’s intubated and on a vent.” Right. Pneumonia with sepsis. No evidence of intentional OD.
Leave it to Dr. Drew to save the day, right? But you know what this means? It means that either Dr. Drew is mistaken on this, which I refuse to believe, or it means that Jeff’s own manager was like “oh, he’s sick? Probably an overdose, I’ll call the press.” And that’s the saddest thing of all.
May 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm by Emily
And for all of you who did not grow up loving Grease (or worse, don’t know what Grease is), his name is Jeff Conaway. He was also on Taxi and most recently, Celebrity Rehab.
Conaway, who fought a long public battle with pain prescriptions and alcohol abuse, relapsed and overdosed last week on what’s rumored to have been pain pills. His manage released a statement last night acknowledging that Conaway had slipped into a coma after being admitted for his most recent OD:
“He is in a coma and unresponsive at this time. He turned his head two days ago, but nothing since.”
Last year, Molls claimed that Conaway would probably not live through his addictions, as his health has been in such a fragile state for the past decade or so, and it appears that she might be right – Conaway’s physicians have not commented whether or not they think Jeff will wake up from this coma, but the whole vibe I’m getting is that it’s just not going to happen.
Stay clean kids – see what happens sometimes if you don’t?
May 19, 2011 at 9:30 am by Sarah
The guy who once played Kenickie in Grease, or whom you may know from his more recent stint on Celebrity Rehab, fell in his LA home yesterday leaving him injured. Jeff Conaway’s fall left him with a broken hip, a broken arm, a fractured neck and a brain hemorrhage. Pretty serious stuff for a man already in poor health.
The news of the fall was confirmed to People by Jeff’s girlfriend, Vikki Lizzi. Anyone who watched that season of Celebrity Rehab will never forget their tumultuous relationship and their weird connection over drugs/Jeff’s failing health. According to People, he was also on Celebrity Fit Club back in 2006, but had to leave due to drug relapse. I didn’t manage to catch that, but if it was anything like Celebrity Rehab (but with more drugs!) than I’m sure it was an insane television viewing experience.
The sad thing is, Jeff has been addicted to drugs for so long, that it’s unlikely he’d be able to kick his addictions before he dies. That’s compounded by the fact that he lives with someone who encourages his addiction in a very backhanded way (Vikki was called out by Dr. Drew on Celeb Rehab as a bad influence in Jeff’s life after showing up during visitation hours with pills on her person that were supposedly meant for her own consumption.) In a weird way, Jeff and Vikki remind you what that couple you know who has a sicko needy relationship could turn out to be if they were wealthier and more morally lax. It’s amazing how far some people can pull each other down for “love”, huh?
(If you’re unfamiliar with the pair, check out this video they made a couple years ago. Jeff and Vikki attempted to capitalize on their Celebrity Rehab fame by posting this video of Jeff shooting the actor who played Eddie Munster in the leg. The video turned out to be a fake made to promote Jeff and Vikki’s album, but you get a good idea of how they “really are” from it, anyway.)