One of the co-stars of the popular sitcom "Taxi" is in critical condition after an apparent overdose, reports Greg Braxton at the Los Angeles Times’ ShowTracker blog.
Braxton writes, "Jeff Conaway, who gained fame from his roles in the film "Grease" and the TV series "Taxi" before succumbing to substance abuse that landed him on reality shows dealing with rehabilitation ("Celebrity Rehab" and "Celebrity Fit Club"), is in critical condition following an apparent overdose."
The report says Conaway, 60, is in Encino Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles, has pneumonia and is unconscious.
The article adds that Conaway "made a splash as struggling-actor-turned-taxi-driver Bobby Wheeler in the popular sitcom "Taxi," which debuted in 1978. The actor left the show in the fourth season, apparently due to clashes and creative differences on the set."
The story also explains that " ‘Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew’ on VH1 found Conaway seeking treatment for addiction to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol. He also had a back problem due to an injury, which made it increasingly difficult for him to walk. Conaway became one of Dr. Drew Pinsky’s most agitated patients, repeatedly threatening to quit and refusing to give up his co-dependent relationship with his girlfriend.