Cause Cited in Death of ‘Taxi’ Star Jeff Conaway

by | October 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM | TV News

Jeff Conaway (Photo: Getty Images)

Jeff Conaway (Photo: Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES — An autopsy has ruled that “Taxi” and “Grease” star Jeff Conaway’s death last May was accidental and caused by major internal infection.

Los Angeles County coroner Craig Harvey says coroners did not conduct a toxicology test because Conaway had been hospitalized for weeks prior to his death, so his blood would have come back clean.

However, Harvey says when Conaway entered the hospital May 10, opiates and other drugs were in his system. Conaway struggled publicly with his addictions on “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

Conaway, who had repeated back surgeries for an injury, blamed his drug abuse, in part, on his lingering back problem. The tragic actor, who was 60 years-old when he died on May 27, was best known for playing struggling actor Bobby Wheeler on “Taxi” and Kenicke, the swaggering best friend of John Travolta in the movie version of “Grease” (1978). Conaway had played the Travolta role in the Broadway version of the hit musical.

Watch Jeff Conaway in a classic episode of “Taxi” right here:





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