Hollywood Reacts to Jeff Conaway's Passing (Video)
UPDATED: Marilu Henner remembers her "Taxi" co-star, who died Friday in Los Angeles at age 60.
Hollywood is paying homage to Jeff Conaway, who died Friday in Los Angeles.
Conaway became famous as part of the ensemble of the late '70s-early '80s sitcom Taxi and for playing Kenickie in the 1978 musical Grease, but his later life was marked by drug and alcohol addiction. The actor discussed his addiction struggles as part of the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2008. He was a team captain for Season 3 of the cable outlet's Celebrity Fit Club in 2006 but struggled and left after three episodes to enter rehab.
His Grease co-star John Travolta told E! News Friday, "Jeff Conaway was a wonderful and decent man, and we will miss him. My heartfelt thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time."
Conaway's Taxi co-star Marilu Henner told Entertainment Weekly, ""I thought he was going to pull out of this. When I saw him last week, he was moving his head, he looked so handsome lying there. He seemed good. He looked the best I'd seen him in five years. The Taxi family is really close. But Jeff and I knew each other well. He reminded me of one of my brothers and I reminded him of one his sisters, so we had a real family bond."
Others took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Eva Longoria tweeted, "Rest in Peace. My fav Grease quote 'a hickey from Kinecky is like a hallmark card!' " Alyssa Milano tweeted "Rest in peace. Jeff Conaway dies at 60." Los Angeles DJ Ted Stryker wrote, "I hope he's giving out a bunch of 'Hickies from Kenickie' in heaven. RIP Jeff Conaway."
Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated Conaway on Celebrity Rehab, tweeted, "I'm saddened to report he has succumbed to his addiction, thus far we have no evidence of an intentional overdose" and " looked like he might pull through last weekend, but unfortunately that was not to be. Please continue to send your well wishes."
The actor's manager, Phil Brock, posted the news on Twitter, "Our beloved client Jeff Conaway passed away at 10:30am. We loved him as a person, respected him as an artist and he will be always remembered."
Dr. Drew discusses Conaway's death below: