Grease star and former Celebrity Rehab participant Jeff Conaway has passed away after he was removed from life support, his manager announced on Twitter.
Conaway, 60, lapsed into a coma after an overdose on May 11th. And though he showed some signs of consciousness initially, the actor never fully woke. Conaway died this morning, at 10:30 PST. Entertainment Weekly gave a sad look into the actor’s rise to fame and downfall before he appeared on the reality-rehab show:
After Taxi, his career never quite recovered. He snagged roles on The Bold and the Beautifulin 1989 and Babylon 5 in the ’90s, but his most disturbingly memorable appearance came when he appeared on Celebrity Rehab as one of Dr. Drew Pinsky’s most difficult cases. After a long struggle with addiction, he first appeared on the show’s 2008 season to fight a dependency on alcohol, cocaine, and painkillers. His mumbling, drunk arrival at the Pasadena Recovery Center in a wheelchair, as well as his airing of suicidal thoughts, caused alarm even in the most jaded viewers.
Information about funeral or memorial services for Conaway has not yet been released.