“Grease” actor Jeff Conaway remains in a coma more than a week after he overdosed on pain pills. His condition is said to be very serious and it is not known whether he will survive. So far, there have been no signs of recovery.
The overdose was a suicide attempt, according to a source close to the star of the classic 1978 film in which he placed T-Bird Kenickie.
Conaway has had a long-term addiction to alcohol and drugs. Now he is in a deep coma in an Encino, California hospital after overdosing on pain pills on May 11.
Conaway’s manager, Phil Brock, said the actor was found unconscious on the floor of his Encino home by a friend who had visited, concerned about Conaway because he wasn’t responding to messages.
“We hope and pray, but doctors aren’t optimistic. These could be his final moments,” said Brock.
The only signs of an improvement came a few days ago when Conaway was able to move his head. However, there has been nothing since then.
Conaway (60), well known as T-Bird Kenickie in “Grease” also starred for four years in the sitcom “Taxi.” He also appeared on reality television’s “Celebrity Rehab” in 2008.
However, following that, the actor sustained serious injuries last year in a near-fatal fall that caused a brain hemorrhage, and neck and hip fractures.
Added to that, Conaway has had a court battle with his ex-fiancée, Vikki Lizzi, in Los Angeles. He was accusing her of injecting him with painkillers and planting cocaine in the LA home they shared and trying to get him busted by the police.
In a counter-claim, Lizzi said he punched her in the face while she was driving and threatened to kill her. She likened his addiction to that of Michael Jackson.
“He doesn’t admit he has any kind of problem with the pain meds but in fact it’s the same situation that Michael Jackson was in,” Lizzi said in a recent interview. “He’s gonna to be dead very soon if he doesn’t get help.”
Those words may now prove sadly prophetic. Lizzi is banned from seeing Conaway at the hospital, where his sister is by his bedside most of the time.