Celebrity Rehab’s Jeff Conaway dead at 60

Celebrity Rehab cast member and Taxi star Jeff Conaway is dead after being in a coma for some time, though not from a drug overdose, which might surprise those who watched his drug addiction brought painfully to life on VH1. He was 60 years old, and is the second Celebrity Rehab star to die, following Mike Starr’s death in March.

His manager wrote on Twitter that Jeff died at 10:30 a.m. PT, and added, “We loved him as a person,respected him as an artist and he will be always remembered.” Radar first reported the news and has an obituary that summarized his other work.

Vikki Lizzi–who appeared on Celebrity Rehab and who VH1 calls his “enabler”–was not allowed to be at his bedside when he died. Jeff’s sister Michelle told Radar, “She was not present. Jeff was surrounded by his immediate family and it was very peaceful.”

Jeff was in an induced coma, according to Dr. Drew, as a result of sepsis and pneumonia. Drew said there is “No evidence of intentional OD.”

A week ago, Dr. Drew reported that Jeff “[was] stable & looks like he will recover from his pneumonia.Not an OD like press is alleging & certainly not dead.” But his conditioned worsened, and now Radar reports that his feeding tube was removed and his family planned to turn off life support. Later, Radar also reported that Vikki “[was] taking legal action to stop the life support removal,” claiming she had power of attorney.

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