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May 31, 2011

'Grease' star Jeff Conaway dies aged 60

Actor had battled drug and alcohol addiction for a number of years

'Grease' star Jeff Conaway dies aged 60

Grease star Jeff Conaway has died at the age of 60. The actor had spent several days in an induced coma before his family decided to switch off his life-support machine, reports BBC News.

Conaway, who had battled drug and alcohol addiction for several years, collapsed in his California home on May 11.

The actor was perhaps best known for playing teenager Kenickie in the 1978 musical Grease, which saw him gain global fame after starting out on Broadway at the age of 10.

Conaway also had a major role in 1970s/'80s comedy series Taxi, where he starred alongside Danny DeVito and Christopher Lloyd.

Speaking to Reuters earlier this month, Conaway's manager Phil Brock described him as a "wonderful man".

"Putting aside his demons, Jeff is the nicest, kindest, gentlest soul," he said. "As a human being, he's the person who'd literally give the shirt off his back for someone."

Conaway spoke openly about his addiction problems in 2008 show Celebrity Rehab, which proved to be his final TV appearance.

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