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'Taxi' and 'Babylon 5' Star Jeff Conaway 'Critical' After Possible Overdose

by PopEater Staff, posted May 19th 2011 4:35AM
Jeff ConawayActor Jeff Conaway, who first made his name in the movie 'Grease,' is reportedly in critical condition in hospital, after a possible overdose of painkillers.

Conaway's substance abuse problems and shambolic life was made painfully public during a 2008 stint on 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.'

His manager, Phil Brock, says the 60-year old was found unconscious on May 11, and was admitted to Encino Hospital Medical Center, Calif. He is said to be in critical condition, with his chances of recovery uncertain.

"He is in a coma and unresponsive at this time," Brock told E! Online. "He turned his head two days ago, but nothing since."

Conaway rocketed to fame in 1978 with a starring role in 'Grease' and in the same year began his three-year run on the hit TV series, 'Taxi.' Roles dried up in the 1980s, however, as his substance abuse problem worsened, but he later found steady work on the sci-fi hit, 'Babylon 5.'

In 2008 a wiry and broken Conaway joined the cast of VH1's 'Celebrity Rehab' in an attempt to address his long-time addiction to drugs and alcohol. It did not work and last year he injured himself in a bad fall while under the influence of methadone and OxyContin.

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May 23 2011 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

he did this to his self

May 23 2011 at 10:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Well, that just sucks on so many levels. I liked his work on both TV series. I sincerely hope that he recovers and finds a way to deal with this problem.

May 19 2011 at 6:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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