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Grease star Jeff Conaway dies

Grease actor Jeff Conaway has died aged 60 (AP)
Grease actor Jeff Conaway has died aged 60 (AP)

Actor Jeff Conaway, who starred in TV's Taxi and the film musical Grease, has died.

The 60-year-old actor died on Friday morning at the Encino Tarzana Medical Centre, where he had been in a coma since May 11, spokeswoman Kathryn Boole said.

His manager, Phil Brock, has said Conaway had tried to treat himself with pain pills and cold medicine while in weakened health.

The actor had long battled drug and alcohol addiction, which he blamed in part on back problems and repeated surgeries. The reality series Celebrity Rehab showed his struggle for sobriety.

Conaway played high school bad-boy Kenickie in the 1978 film Grease and appeared in the Broadway version of the musical.

He played struggling actor Bobby in the sitcom Taxi from 1978 to 1981.

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