John Travolta Sends Flowers to 'Grease' Co-Star Jeff Conaway's Family
John Travolta sent his condolences to the family of his former Grease co-star Jeff Conaway over the weekend.
Conaway's sister, Carla Shreve, tells TMZ.com that Travolta sent flowers and food to the family's home. PHOTOS: Stars gone too soon
Conaway, who played Kenickie on Grease and also starred in Taxi, was taken off life support Thursday after an apparent overdose on painkillers. He had been in a medically-induced coma for the previous nine days. He was 60.
Shreve says that Conaway will be cremated after the coroner's inquest is complete. Memorial plans are underway.
His manager, Phil Brock, told The Hollywood Reporter on Friday, "We loved Jeff as a person, respected him as a consummate performer and entertainer. Somewhere in heaven, somebody is getting a hickey from Kenickie," Brock said. "On a darker side, we're happy his personal struggles are now over. We do not have memorial plans yet. The family has asked for forbearance and privacy today. It's a very difficult time."
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.
Conaway was on the record as saying producers of those reality shows told him to amp up the drama, and he told THR's Shirley Halperin in a March 2009 interview: "I think people are just enamored with other people's problems because they have enough of their own, and they want to stop thinking about their own and think about somebody else's for a while. I think that's what television is all about, really." PHOTOS: An icon on-set
Conaway was born Oct. 5, 1950, in New York and began acting as a child; his first Broadway credit was 1960's All the Way Home. He later was an understudy in the long-running original Main Stem production of Grease and eventually took over the lead role of Danny Zuko. He also toplined the ill-fated 1985 Broadway musical The News, which ran for only four performances.