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OTRC: Jeff Conaway of 'Taxi' hospitalized after drug overdose, is in coma

Jeff Conaway, who starred in the series 'Taxi' and the film 'Grease,' has battled addictions to cocaine, alcohol and prescription painkillers since he was a teenager and talked about his struggles on the VH1 reality series 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew' in 2008. Conaway died on May 27, 2011 at age 60 after battling pneumonia and sepsis in a hospital. CNN had quoted a source close to the actor as saying that Conaway's 'use of drugs caused him not to realize how ill he was, keeping him from getting treatment until it was almost too late.' (Pictured: Jeff Conaway appears on 'Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew' in 2008.) (VH1)

Jeff Conaway, who starred in the series "Taxi" and the film "Grease," has been hospitalized after a drug overdose and is in a coma.

The 60-year-old actor has battled addictions to cocaine, alcohol and prescription painkillers since he was a teenager and talked about his struggles on the VH1 reality series "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" in 2008.

Conaway's manager told the Associated Press on Wednesday, May 18, that the actor is in the hospital and is in a coma following a drug overdose, possibly from pain pills. He added that Conaway was found unconscious on May 11 and is in critical condition.

The Los Angeles Times had reported that Conaway was recently hospitalized near Los Angeles and is unconscious and suffering from pneumonia.

The actor was also hospitalized in January 2010 after falling down a staircase in his Los Angeles home. He broke his hip and arm, fractured his back and suffered a brain hemorrhage.

Conaway played Kenickie, a member of the T-Birds clique and friend to John Travolta's Danny in the 1978 musical film "Grease" and portrayed Bobby Wheeler on the television show "Taxi," which also starred late comedian Andy Kaufman and ran between 1978 and 1983.

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