Jeff Conaway, of 'Grease' and 'Taxi' Fame, Dies at Age 60

By Kevin Fallon

Jeff Conaway, the actor best known for playing Bobby Wheeler on Taxi and Kenickie in Grease, died Friday at age 60. Conaway had been in a coma for more than two weeks. Family members removed the actor from life support early Friday morning, according to E! Online.

When Conaway was found unconscious in his home earlier this month, his manager released a statement saying Conaway had likely overdosed on drugs. The actor's history of substance abuse has seen heavy publicity in recent years from Conaway's stints on Celebrity Fit Club and Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Drew himself, however, said there is no evidence that Conaway died from an overdose.

E! Online surfaced excerpts from an eerie 2008 chat between Howard Stern and Conaway:

"I've tried to commit suicide 21 times," he told Howard Stern in an interview that year. "I'm terrible at it! I get depressed over how come I can't kill myself," he laughed, when Howard and Robin Quivers joked that he was obviously terrible at it.

"Mostly it's been with pills," he admitted when asked how he had attempted suicide in the past. "I've taken enough pills to knock an elephant out...God wants me on this planet for some reason or another."

Read the full story at E! Online.

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