Sunday, May 22, 2011

Jeff Conaway Fighting for Life Against Pneumonia, Blood Infection

Jeff Conaway, an actor in the TV serial “Taxi” and the film musical “Grease,” was rushed to the hospital on May 11 and is currently on the “razor's edge,” according to a CNN report.

Early reports had suggested Conaway suffered from a drug overdose, though an unnamed source informed CNN that this was not the case, and the network confirmed his ailments included pneumonia and a blood infection. Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated Conaway on the show “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” for the 60-year-old actor's drug abuse problems, confirmed via Twitter that an overdose was not the cause of his current condition.

"He is stable & looks like he will recover from his pneumonia. Not an OD like press is alleging & certainly not dead," Pinsky tweeted after visiting Conaway on Friday.

Phil Brock, Conaway's manager, said that his client had apparently been unconscious for 8 to 9 hours before he was found. According to CNN's source, Conaway's drug use likely caused him to fail to realize how ill he truly was. The next 72 hours will prove crucial for his recovery, the source added.

At present, doctors at the hospital in Encino, California have Conaway in a medically-induced coma to prevent him from thrashing in his bed.

"He's a really wonderful soul, a very kind and wonderful person," Brock said.

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