Autopsy Scheduled To Determine Jeff Conaway’s Cause Of Death

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An autopsy is scheduled Saturday afternoon to determine the cause of death for actor Jeff Conaway, who died Friday in an Encino hospital, according to the TMZ.

The star of the film “Grease” and the television show “Taxi” had been hospitalized since May 11 after being found unconscious at his home. He was in a coma for more than two weeks before his family made the decision to take him off life support. He was 60.

Conaway had a long history of substance abuse and his struggle with addiction played out on the 2008 edition of “Celebrity Rehab” with Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Initial reports about his May 11 hospitalization indicated he had likely taken an overdose of prescription painkillers. But Pinsky has told multiple media outlets that this is not true.

“There is no evidence showing Jeff died from an overdose,” Pinsky told E News. “This was aspiration with overwhelming pneumonia and sepsis,” which is a blood infection.

Coroner’s officials told TMZ toxicology results should be available within four to six weeks.

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