RIP Jeff Conaway
Grease star Jeff Conaway lost his struggle with pneumonia and sepsis last week. The actor, best known for his role as cutie Kenickie Murdock in Grease, was 60 when he passed away. Although Conaway also did a long stint on Taxi, he became notorious for his problems with cocaine and alcohol addiction in his later years. His most recent project was Celebrity Rehab where he was treated by addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky. Conaway had been in a coma for two weeks after being found unconscious in his home. Initial reports said he had overdosed on prescription medications. However, Pinsky later refuted those reports. Regardless, the pills most likely played some role in his death, according to numerous media outlets. An autopsy was completed on Friday, but the findings are not being released until toxicology reports are done. That could take up to eight weeks. Despite his transition from fame to infamy, Conaway's death still came as a major shock to several Hollywood power players. Grease co-star John Travolta said, "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." Also in mourning is Marilu Henner, who starred with Conaway on Taxi and the stage production of Grease. An emotional Henner told People, "He was such a sweetheart. I've known him since Nov. 28, 1972! We did Grease together before we did Taxi. We traveled in the national company of Grease together, so I was connected to him and worked with him quite a few times. We were like babies together, and then when he got Taxi it was so great. He always reminded me of my brother Tommy, and I always reminded him of his sister Michelle, so we felt a real familial kind of connection." She added that Conaway was "the nicest person. He was such a sweetheart. You know, a character - he had this wicked sense of humor but he was so sweet, so sweet, in a way that I think a lot of people don't realize. ... He was just a doll. Oh, we always talked on the holidays and stuff."