Hopelessly devoted: 'Grease' star Jeff Conaway dies at 60

Jeff Conaway in GreaseSome sad news today: Jeff Conaway, who starred in Taxi and Grease but was tragically known best for his addiction problems, has died at age 60.

The actor was taken off life support Thursday and died Friday morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center, where he was taken unconscious on May 11 after overdosing on pain meds.

Conaway's long addition to drugs played out in the public eye on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab and Celebrity Fit Club.

"I think people are just enamored with other people's problems because they have enough of their own, and they want to stop thinking about their own and think about somebody else's for a while," Conaway once told the Hollywood Reporter. "I think that's what television is all about, really."

The actor had acknowledged his addictive tendencies in a 1985 interview with The Associated Press, when he described turning his back on the dream of a pop music career.

"I thought, 'If I stay in this business, I'll be dead in a year.' There were drugs all over the place and people were doing them. I had started to do them. I realized that I'd die," Conaway told the AP. "I used to hold in a lot of feelings. I'd smile a lot but I was really miserable. I didn't know it at the time, but I've figured it out since. When I was on stage, I could make people laugh." 

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 3:45pm]

    

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