Taxi star Jeff Conaway has passed away (UPDATE 5/27)

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  1. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110519...jA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawN0YXhpc3RhcmplZmY-
  2. Cyn

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    Can't say I'm surprised.

    He was a total mess on Celebrity Rehab, and I don't think he ever had any real intention of getting sober.

    Cryin' ass shame, though. I remember when he was on Taxi (I was 10 :lol: ) and thought he was much cuter than Tony Danza :shuffle: .
  3. danceronice

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    Oh dear. I loved him as Zack Allen on "Babylon 5." I wish one of my radio stations around here carried Jerry Doyle's show (he played Michael Garibaldi); I bet he has some comments on it.
  4. nubka

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    Whenever I see him in Grease, it always makes me a bit sad... :(
  5. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

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    ^^^
    This!
  6. Cachoo

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    What a surprise. Well if he passes away hopefully he'll finally be at peace. He will be a cautionary tale for those who remain. Some legacy.
  7. taf2002

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    Yes, let's all kick him while he's down. Obviously you don't feel the same as John Donne re any man's death diminieshes me but don't actively look forward to it. That's kind of icky.

    I also loved him on Taxi.
  8. sodapop

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    I watched him on Celebrity Rehab and it was upsetting to see the state he was in. So sad, he's incredibly talented.
  9. mag

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    He was my favourite character on Taxi. So much talent. It is very sad.
  10. John 3 17

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    I'll be praying for him. I, too, loved him on Taxi and grew up watching the reruns.

    -Aslan's Girl
  11. Holley Calmes

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    What a waste...I'm so sorry! He was a beautiful, beautiful man. I hosted him once for a "Grease" promotion while I was special events director for a major department store chain. I have a photo of him and myself together, and believe me, I'm not bad looking, but he was the prettier of the two of us!

    God bless him. I hope he recovers.
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  12. CynicElle

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    Mmm-hmmmm! Hate to hear about this, and I hope he recovers.
  13. Kasey

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    I heard on the radio that he now has pneumonia. I'm assuming he suffered the OD, probably vomited when "down", and aspirated. It's not an uncommon occurrence when someone goes down unresponsive at home for any reason. It doesn't sound good, and it's a shame. Count me as another who liked him on Taxi reruns.
  14. JumpinBug

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    Oh no, I loved him on Babylon 5 too. More than one cast member has died too soon. I hope he can pull through, but if nothing changes...
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    So sad. They don't sound very hopeful that he will live.
  16. Bonita

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    I watched Taxi every week growing up, but my hard drive is only so big and kind of antique, and I totally don't remember him on that show.

    I do remember watching him on Celebrity Rehab (my favorite "I'm doing chores" show of choice because I don't really need to watch every moment). Total train wreck and I felt bad for him. People are very judgemental, but I think all of us have a vice, whether it's food, cigs, booze, drugs, watching sports 24/7, reading celeb gossip too much, you get my drift. I hope he gets better, but it sounds bad.

    Was he on the Apprentice as well? I remember flipping channels and seeing a bunch of people on there over the years who had been on Dr. Drew's show. Not the best choice of show to be on when you're an addict (recovered or still using) or have self-esteem issues. I love reality TV, but I don't think it's for everyone (participant-wise).
  17. skatesindreams

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    Holley, thanks for sharing.
    I'm glad to know,
    Your experience balances much of what we've heard about him recently.
  18. heckles

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    Correct, but on the show he was belligerent and even physically threatening to anyone who tried to help him, for example, he went nuts on anyone who pointed out that he smuggled in drugs to rehab. He yelled that he didn't bring in the drugs, his pants did. As if his pants went walking around outside at night, bought drugs, and quietly returned next to Jeff's bed. Bad, bad pants!

    He also repeatedly said that he should have had the lead role in the movie Grease. Sheee-yeah.
  19. Louise

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    I think Conaway did have the lead of Danny Zuko on stage. But as John Travolta was by then big box office following Saturday Night Fever, it was logical that Travolta would get Zuko. At least Conaway got the role of Kenickie.
    I saw his stint on drug rehab. Wasn't he in such bad condition that he was in a wheelchair? And then had to leave because he suffered seizures or something like that? It was horrible, and he didn't seem to care that he was (and already showed evidence of) destroying himself.
    A very sad situation, and yeah, pretty sure this pneumonia is aspiration pneumonia while he was down. He could die, but then again, it's pretty hard to die these days in the hospital. Most of the time addicts die while drugging and are DOA to the hospital.
    I wish him and his family well.
  20. BigB08822

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    Some reports are saying that he never overdosed and was only ever admitted because of pneumonia. Dr. Drew confirmed this himself and he isn't one to try and cover up abuse. If anything, he will speculate about abuse with very little proof. He says the press started the rumor and it was easily believable so no one checked it out. What do you believe?
  21. Kasey

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    I believe that anyone could put a spin on anything. However, an overdose could cause a fall, a decreased level of consciousness, whatever (supposedly he was found after being on the floor for "8-10 hours" although how they know that....) When down like that, your safety reflexes like gag and such are not as effective, and if you vomit, you can easily aspirate into your lungs. So did he OD, and go in with aspiration pneumonia? Or did he have nasty pneumonia, which took him down at home? Hard to tell, and although his doctors may know the truth (they can usually tell the difference between community-acquired pneumonia and an aspiration based on the bacteria involved), kudos to them if they don't choose to share what should be protected health information.
  22. heckles

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    Jeff and his girlfriend aren't worth Drew's time anymore, especially with the most recent cast of Celebrity Rehab providing enough news to keep Drew in the public eye as he so desperately craves.
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    Drew went to visit him in the hospital so I don't understand this statement.
  24. rudi

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    Not surprising, but very sad. I will keep him in my prayers.
  25. taf2002

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    I wasn't aware he had substance abuse problems. Very sorry to hear of his poor prognosis. :(
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    If you read the link in taf2002's post above, you will learn that his prognosis seems much brighter than originally stated, when it was apparently falsely reported that he had over-dosed. It's bad enough that someone is seriously ill, but to have people saying that it was a drug overdose when it wasn't adds another layer of :( to it all.
  28. OliviaPug

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    Apparently though, if the CNN article is accurate -- and who knows if it is -- the drug situation contributed to his late diagnosis and the seriousness of the condition:

    "Conaway has had a long history of drug abuse, which a source told CNN apparently prevented him from realizing he was sick until he lapsed into unconsciousness."

    OK, now that I've re-read that quote, it doesn't even seem to make any sense! LOL! I mean, how can someone realize they're sick when they've lapsed into unconsciousness!!

    Anyway, I do hope he recovers and starts taking care of himself.

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  29. numbers123

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    While it sounds a little weird, it can in fact be true. You are sick, you don't realize it, you become unconscious - returning to a conscious state soon afterward. Then you realize that something is really wrong.
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  31. Cyn

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    Now it seems that his (atrocious and trashy) ex-girlfriend, Vikki, is claiming that she has Power of Attorney and is blocking the family's decision to turn life support off:

    Article

    He's had no brain activity since being brought to the hospital. They've already removed his feeding tube. The doctors have said that he's continued to decline.

    I can't help but wonder if this nutbar is more concerned that once he dies, any $$$ he has will be tied up in probate, thus cutting her off financially.
  32. Kasey

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    Unless she has a physical, written durable power of attorney (not just a financial POA), the family still will have control of medical decisions. To have essentially had no brain activity for 2 weeks generally means that removal of support is for the best. There will be the rare situation when the person will survive on their own; but I would say 99% of the time in cases I've seen, withdrawal of support proves that the machines/drugs were all that was keeping the person alive in general.

    Glad that he's unaware.
  33. numbers123

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    If she is concerned about money, then she better be concerned about the long term medical care bill which would wipe out anything that he might have in financial assests

    This
  34. genevieve

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    the article about the ex-gf still says the coma is due to an overdose of prescription drugs, so I don't know how much stock to put in it.

    the photo of Conaway and the chick is sad though - he looks like her grandfather.

    I hope he achieves peace soon.
  35. heckles

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    From what was shown on Celebrity Rehab, they had a very unhealthy relationship, although it appeared that it was mainly Jeff mistreating Vikki and not so much the other way around.
  36. Veronika

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    I think they were both bad for each other...but she wasn't as sick as he was, and she's a lot younger. Though it all seems like it will be a moot point soon. :(
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  38. numbers123

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    I hope the demons that persisted in his life here will now leave him at peace and rest.
  39. skatesindreams

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    My wish, also.
  40. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    I've seen several reports now, so I changed the title. RIP