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*File Photo* * JEFF CONAWAY DIES GREASE star JEFF CONAWAY has died, a day after he was taken off life support. He was 60. Conaway was hospitalised at Encino Hospital Medical Center on 11 May (11) after he was found unconscious at his California home. The actor's spokesman Phil Brock recently revealed he was found with a cocktail of painkillers and cold medicine in his system, and doctors went on to diagnose him with pneumonia and sepsis, a potentially fatal blood poisoning caused by a bacterial infection. He remained in a coma and his family decided to switch off his life support machine on Thursday (26May11) after medics admitted he was unlikely to ever regain consciousness. Conaway passed away on Friday (27May11). The tragic star had been taking the prescription pain medication since badly injuring himself following a fall at his home last year (10), when he broke his hip and arm, fractured his neck and suffered a brain haemorrhage. Conaway is best known for playing bad boy Kenickie in the hit 1978 movie musical Grease, but he began his career on TV with roles in popular series including Happy Days, Mary Tyler Moore, Matlock, Murder, She Wrote and Taxi, in which he played struggling actor Bobby Wheeler. The troubled actor's death comes after years of his well-publicised battle with cocaine, prescription drug and alcohol abuse, which saw him try to kick his habits during two stints on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew from 2008. He became one of celebrity counsellor Dr. Drew Pinsky's most agitated patients on the popular reality TV show . (MT/WNWCZM&WNWC/MC) Shown backstage from let: John Travolta, Maxine Fox, Barry Bostwick, Jeff Conaway Grease (1972-1980, Broadway) Music, Book & Lyrics by Jim Jacobs & Warren Casey Directed by Tom Moore USA - 1978 This is a PR photo. WENN does not claim any Copyright or License in the attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN's services only, and do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright or License in the material. By publishing this material, the user expressly agrees to indemnify and to hold WENN harmless from any claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of or connected in any way with user's publication of the material. Supplied by " 2#122#

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Musical showcase for R&B singer-songwriter Sleepy Brown held at the Cabana club in Hollywood - Los Angeles, California - Thursday 3rd December 2009

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celebrates his birthday at H.Wood club - Los Angeles, California - Thursday 12th November 2009

Jeff Conaway celebrates his birthday at H.Wood club - Los Angeles, California - Thursday 12th November 2009

2009 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards held at The Music Box - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California - Tuesday 13th October 2009

2009 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards held at The Music Box - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California - Tuesday 13th October 2009

Hollywood Collector Show in the Gilmore Adobe at Farmer's Market - Los Angeles, California, USA - Monday 12th October 2009

The Reality Awards at the Avalon Theater - arrivals - Los Angeles, California - Wednesday 24th September 2008

The Reality Awards at the Avalon Theater - arrivals - Los Angeles, California - Wednesday 24th September 2008

Bench Warmer Trading Cards Summer Celebration at Kress - Hollywood, California - Tuesday 15th July 2008

The 6th Annual 'TV Land Awards' held at Barker Hanger - Arrivals - Santa Monica, California - Sunday 8th June 2008

The 6th Annual 'TV Land Awards' - Arrivals held at Barker Hanger - Santa Monica, California - Sunday 8th June 2008

The 6th Annual 'TV Land Awards' - Arrivals held at Barker Hanger - Santa Monica, California - Sunday 8th June 2008

The 18th Annual Night of 100 Stars Awards held at The Beverly Hills Hotel - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California - Sunday 24th February 2008

The 18th Annual Night of 100 Stars Awards held at The Beverly Hills Hotel - Arrivals - Beverly Hills, California - Sunday 24th February 2008

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