Scientology Deathwatch: Kenickie Edition - 2011-05-19
Sad news this morning that Jeff Conaway has been in a deep coma for several days and is not expected to live.
Those familiar with Conaway's eternal problems with substance abuse will perhaps not be surprised to hear that an overdose of painkillers has him at death's door. Reporters are asking his representatives if the fatal dose was a suicide attempt, but really, that's a pointless question if you know addicts well. Conaway's life was one long suicide attempt, as became clear in his disturbing appearances in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
Conaway's career problems are equally well known. The guy just never seemed to get the break he was angling for. When the television series Taxi started, Conaway's character was its star, but he soon faded to the background as Judd Hirsch took over the central role. In Grease, Conaway's Kenickie was a good pal to John Travolta's Danny Zuko, but Conaway himself never got the right chance to shine in a good film.