Grease star Jeff Conaway died today after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction. The actor was taken off life support yesterday and passed away this morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center. He was taken there unconscious on May 11 after an overdose and placed in a medically induced coma. Conaway had been treating himself with pain pills and cold medicine while in a weakened condition, his manager Phil Brock said.
His former Grease co-star John Travolta today paid tribute to a ‘wonderful and decent man.’ He said in a statement: ‘My heartfelt thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time. We will miss him.’
Of his troubled client, Brock said: ‘He’s a gentle soul with a good heart… but he’s never been able to exorcise his demons.’