Saturday, May 28, 2011

Jeff Conaway Has Gone Away

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Jeff Conaway, the long-troubled actor from Grease and TV's Taxi who waged a public battle with cocaine, painkillers and alcohol, died Friday at age 60.

Jeff Conaway was a victim of his early success. Though not a child actor, he achieved a large measure of recognition early in his career, which measure would afterwards ever elude him. An apparently affable fellow, he did not age well in an industry and a culture which prizes youth and beauty.

His brief exposure to fame and fortune led to substance abuse when he could not regain it, nor deal with the fading glory of his youth. Here's hoping he found the peace in death that eluded him in life. Rest in peace, Jeff.

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