“Grease” and “Taxi” star Jeff Conaway is set to be taken off of life support, reports RadarOnline. The actor, who has long struggled with drug addiction, was found unconscious on May 11 as a result of pneumonia exacerbated by substance abuse. He was put into an induced coma, struggling with sepsis, and has been on a ventilator and a feeding tube since.
“Doctors advised the family that Jeff has had no brain function since he
was brought into the hospital,” says a source close to the family. “The feeding tube has already been removed. The ventilator which is breathing for Jeff, will be removed sometime this afternoon. No measures will be made to try and revive him once the breathing tube is removed.”
Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated Conaway on “Celebrity Rehab,” visited Conaway in the hospital. While his initial reports were hopeful, saying that Conaway would likely recover, he posted on May 21, “yes,we all need to pray for him.Not doing well today suddenly.”
Conaway, 60, is best known for his work as Kenickie in “Grease,” and for his star turns on “Taxi” and “Babylon 5.” He began his career on Broadway at just 2 years old, and endured physical and sexual abuse as a child before leaving New York to attend the North Carolina School of the Arts. He married “Grease” co-star Olivia’s sister, Rona Newton-John in 1980, but the couple divorced five years later. In 1990, he married Keri Conaway, and though it is not known when the couple officially divorced, he is estranged from her.