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Grease star Jeff Conaway dead at 60 after years of drug abuse

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Grease star Jeff Conaway died today after a long battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

The actor was taken off life support yesterday and passed away this morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center.

He was taken there unconscious on May 11 after an overdose and placed in a medically induced coma.

Conaway had been treating himself with pain pills and cold medicine while in a weakened condition, his manager Phil Brock said.

'He's a gentle soul with a good heart... but he's never been able to exorcise his demons,' Brock said after Conaway was hospitalised.

Conaway was unresponsive when his on-again, off-again girlfriend Victoria Spinoza found him at the San Fernando Valley home where he was staying with a friend.

Spinoza had been war with his family in recent weeks and had tried to block their decision to turn off his life support.

The actor's sister, Carla Shreve, had earlier sought a restraining order against her in which she claimed Conaway had split from with Spinoza was 'afraid' of her.

Conaway was wed twice, first to Kerri Young and then to Rona Newton-John, sister of pop star Olivia Newton-John. Both marriages ended in divorce.

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The actor had acknowledged his addictive tendencies in a 1985 interview he described turning his back on the dream of a pop music career. He'd played guitar in a 1960s band called 3 1/2 that was the opening act for groups including Herman's Hermits, the Young Rascals and the Animals.

'I thought, "If I stay in this business, I'll be dead in a year." There were drugs all over the place and people were doing them. I had started to do them. I realized that I'd die,' Conaway said.

His effort to avoid addiction failed, and his battles with cocaine and other substances were painfully shared on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, the VH1 series with TV and radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Conaway, who'd had back surgery, blamed his cocaine use and pain pill abuse in part on lingering pain.

He was born in New York City in 1950, to parents who were in show business. His father was an actor, producer and agent and his mother was an actress.

He made his Broadway debut in 1960 at the age of 10 in the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama All the Way Home.

By then his parents were divorced, and Conaway had spent a great deal of time with his grandparents who lived in the Astoria section of Queens.

'I used to hold in a lot of feelings. I'd smile a lot but I was really miserable. I didn't know it at the time, but I've figured it out since. When I was on stage, I could make people laugh,' he said in 1985.

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