Grease Star Jeff Conaway's Death Ruled an Accident

USMagazine, Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7:35am (PDT)
  • Grease actor Jeff Conaway's May 27 death has been ruled accidental and caused by major internal infections.

    Autopsy results released Friday state that Los Angeles County coroners did not conduct a toxicology test because the actor, who died at age 60, had been hospitalized in the weeks prior to his passing, and his blood would have tested clean.

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    Hospitalized on May 11 for what was initially thought to be a prescription drug overdose, Conaway remained in a coma for over two weeks until his death. It was later revealed that he was suffering from pneumonia and sepsis, a dangerous blood infection. His sisters, nieces, nephews and ministers were by his side when he was taken off life support.

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    Chronicling his struggle with drugs, Conaway appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky in 2008, where he sought treatment for addictions to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol.

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    In remembering his late friend, Conaway's Grease costar John Travolta declared him a "wonderful and decent man."

    Added Conaway's manager Phil Brock: "We know somewhere in heaven an angel is welcoming a 'hickie from kenickie.'"


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