Jeff Conaway’s manager, Phil Brock, has confirmed the actor died Friday morning. Brock tells People magazine Conaway was taken off life support and passed away at 10:03 a.m. The 60-year-old, who was best known for his roles on Grease and Taxi, had been in a coma since he was found unconscious in his home on May 11. Conaway was suffering from pneumonia and sepsis.
“Jeff was taken off life-support (Thursday) afternoon. His family chose to take him off of life-support based on advice from physicians. They thought for several days that the situation was hopeless,” Brock tells People.
“We loved Jeff as a person. We respect him. We know his personal struggles are all over. He was a kind, gentle soul who loved to perform, from small theater to Broadway,” Brock added.
Conaway began his acting career in the 70s and shot to fame after starring alongside Olivia Newton John and John Travolta in Grease. He went on to star in dozens of films. Conaway’s career was often overshadowed by his addiction to drugs and alcohol. His battle with addiction to cocaine, prescription pain meds and alcohol was chronicled on the first two seasons of Celebrity Rehab. He first sought treatment for substance abuse in the mid-80s.