Actor Jeff Conaway died in May from “multidrug intake” complicated by heart and respiratory problems, authorities said Friday of his autopsy report. The “Grease” star had a troubled life, but the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled the death “accidental.” However, there were no toxicology screening tests done because they had no blood samples from the actor’s admission.
Conaway, who battled drug addiction for much of his adult life, was found unconscious and taken to a hospital in Encino, Calif., on May 10, where he was placed in a medically induced coma.
Jeff was taken off life support and died within minutes on May 27, his sister said in a statement.
“He was unconscious for a long time, and he had pneumonia so bad,” she stated. “We had hope last week, but that hope was just gone this week. His blood wasn’t getting any oxygen,” she added.
He accepted the lead part of Danny Zuko in the Broadway musical blockbuster “Grease” during his senior year at NYU’s Film and Theater program but lost the role to John Travolta when it moved to the silver screen in 1978.
Instead, Jeff played the second lead T-Bird Kenickie and later married Rona Newton-John from 1980 to 1985.
Conaway went on to co-star in the movie “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden” and then landed the role of struggling actor Bobby Wheeler in Taxi.