Thursday, May 26, 2011

Kenickie of Grease, Bobby of Taxi - Family to pull life support

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Grease star Jeff Conaway's family 'decide to turn off life support machine'

Grease star Jeff Conaway's family have decided to turn off  his life support machine, according to reports.

The 60-year-old actor, who famously played Kenickie in the hit 1978 film, has been in a deep coma after taking an overdose of painkillers.

'Doctors advised the family that Jeff has had no brain function since he
was brought into the hospital,' a source close to the situation told the website. 

'The feeding tube has already been removed. The ventilator which is
breathing for Jeff, will be removed sometime this afternoon.'

The actor has been in a coma since he was found unconscious on the floor of his Encino home on May 11, for what was thought to be a prescription drug overdose.

He is not thought to be in any pain.

Losing battle: Jeff Conaway's family are said to be turning off his life support machine today
Painkiller overdose: Jeff Conaway (far left, with Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta and Stockard Channing) is in a deep coma in a California hospital

The 60-year-old actor has been battling a long-time addiction to booze and drugs, with his battles with substance abuse said to date back to the 1980s.

His manager Kathryn Boole told MailOnline last week: 'The doctors are not optimistic and he is fighting for life right now.

Jeff Conaway in his most famous role as T-Bird Kenickie in Grease

Conaway is also known for his part in the US comedy series Taxi, in which he
starred as out-of-work actor Bobby Wheeler from 1978 to 1981.

In 1980, he married Olivia Newton-John's sister Rona, but the couple, who have a son called Emerson, divorced five years later.

During that decade, Conaway was treated for a substance abuse problem which again became a problem in the mid-2000s.

In 2008 he signed up for Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and spoke
candidly about his addictions to cocaine, alcohol, and painkillers.

also took courses from the Church of Scientology to cope with his
problems after Travolta came to his aid, but is believed to have
struggled recently with his addictions.


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