A memorial service has been held for the late “Grease” star Jeff Conaway. The actor, who played T-Bird Kenickie and struggling actor Bobby Wheeler on the television series “Taxi” died May 27 at the age of 60 after a history of illness and drug abuse.
The private service for Conaway’s family and close friends to say their goodbyes to the actor took place on Tuesday (June 21) at the Our Lady Of Grace Church in Encino, California.
The service, which featured the Temptations singing a special tribute to their long-time friend, was hosted by his former fiancée, Vikki Lizzi. The family and Lizzi had apparently put aside their differences to give Conaway the send-off that they imagine he would have wanted.
“There wasn’t a dry eye in the house,” a guest at the memorial said.
During the service, “Lost Boys” star Corey Feldman made a moving tribute to Jeff Conaway.
The Temptations gave a personal and moving performance of “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye,” and wrote Conaway a special song titled, “I’ll Miss You Buddy.” Conaway was a great fan of the 1960s vocal group and became friends with them after they met at an award show.
Guests at Jeff Conaway’s memorial service signed purple balloons, purple being Jeff’s favorite color, and released them into the sky together. The church was decorated with collages of photographs of Conaway and a black and white drawing of him with his birth and death dates marked.
Other celebrity guests included “Back to the Future” star Christopher Lloyd, adult film stars Ron Jeremy and Mary Carey, and model/actress Amber Smith.