Actor Jeff Conaway dead at 60
Actor Jeff Conaway had been fighting for his life in an Encino, California, hospital after being admitted for pneumonia May 11.
May 27th, 2011
03:41 PM ET

Actor Jeff Conaway dead at 60

Actor Jeff Conaway, who was in the TV series "Taxi" and the movie "Grease," died Friday morning from pneumonia, his manager said.

Conaway, 60, had been in an Encino, California, hospital since May 11, after apparently having been unconscious for eight or nine hours before he was found, Phil Brock said.

Initial reports earlier in the week that he suffered a drug overdose were inaccurate, according to a source familiar with Conaway's medical condition. However, his use of drugs caused him not to realize how ill he was, keeping him from getting treatment until it was almost too late,  the source said.

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  1. gremlin

    Nice. He was a decent actor. The guy had problems, lots of people do. how much of a jacka$$ do you have to be to be glad someone that you didn't know and who had no effect on your life that couldn't be eradicated by changing the channel is dead? Maybe you can go back and ask God for some empathy or at the very least a little tact.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. doc18

    Another life lesson that I'm sure will be ignored. Learn to think in the long term. A sad end for a man of talent and wit. Sympathies to his family and loved ones.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Nick

    Least he's at peace.... suffered from alot of physical and emotional pain...

    Sometime you can't help getting addicted to painkillers.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ctbeckyw

    Jerk! Why don't you go play in traffic, preferably highway traffic.

    May 27, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ctbeckyw

      Comments directed to the removed post from (required).

      May 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zac

      as were mine.....whatever happened to showing a little respect for the dead regardless of anything else?

      May 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      It really kinda sickens me. It's the example of hipocrisy. Respecting someone you hated when they are dead is lame. Anyone can die.

      I used to work with a guy everyone hated. He died in his sleep one night. And like flipping a switch, he was suddenly respectable. The fakeness was sickening.

      May 27, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzzzzzzz

      Well said LEE Well said.

      May 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kayla

    Very sorry for him...I was hoping he would somehow make it back. When are doctors going to stop handing out pain killers like their candy! R.I.P.....finally Jeff

    May 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. daneen B

    Is that the guy that was on that Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew?

    May 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Osama bin Laden

      yes my friend this is the same person.

      May 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Osama bin Laden

    Hello my friend in the USA .... I now work at 7Eleven .... pls stop in for a Slim Jim.

    May 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Osama bin Laden

    Taxi ... my brother drives a taxi .... he is very very good .. pls call him if you need a ride -- 1800-444-TAXI

    May 27, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Osama bin Laden

    Grease -- you can make that from all the oil from my country.

    May 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Osama bin Laden

    Durka Durka

    May 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. fernace

    Jeff Conaway was a sad soul, yet he left behind a piece of it in his excellent & funny work. Many creative people are tortured, & have such strong insecurities that they want to obliterate them with whatever is available. He self- medicated the pneumonia, without knowing how seriously ill he was. It's truly sad, he was too young to die, like my dad who died basically for the same reasons, & at the same age. Do rest in peace, but also have a Blastin' Party on the Other Side! And look up Rune, he's a cool dude!

    May 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. I wish that those around would have saved him. Everyone deserves a chance to turn their life around I don't think he could though and that is sad I loved him on Taxi and Greese was and still is one of my favorite movies-thoughts and prayers to his family


    May 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. im too smart

    Ol boy was tweeekin! hope he got one masterblast in before he cashed it in

    May 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    "What does yellow mean?" "Slow down." Wheeler was a very good, funny, likable character in "Taxi." RIP good man. Save a place for me in the after life, pal.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andreas Moser

    And I never even heard of him all this time.

    May 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
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