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Dr. Drew -- Conaway Did NOT Die From an Overdose

5/27/2011 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Despite widespread reports, "Grease" star Jeff Conaway did NOT die from a drug overdose -- but rather his body gave out after long-term prescription drug abuse ... this according to Dr. Drew.

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Drew -- who treated Conaway on "Celebrity Rehab" -- tells us there is no evidence showing Jeff died from an overdose ... saying, "This was aspiration with overwhelming pneumonia and sepsis."

Drew tells us Jeff's condition was inevitable because the actor had been a serious pill popper for years and the constant substance abuse wore down his body.

Drew explains, "Jeff is another pharmaceutical death from the overutilization of prescription drugs. Please continue to pray for friends and family. They appreciate your support.”

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136.

Utell    

RIP, sir. Now if we could only stop calling addiction a disease and find a better way to treat this behavior. Powerlessness, God cures and 12-step magic thinking may work for some, but it doesn't work for the majority. And saying "it works if you work it" is circular logic. Becoming a Mormon might get you sober, too, but that doesn't mean their story is true or logical. Again, until rehab in America grows up, a lot of people will just continue their downward spirals. Dr. Drew knows this treatment doesn't work for most addicts, but he continues to blame the "disease" (see behavior) instead of the system.

1140 days ago
137.

CJ    

Maybe now Jeff will find some peace. RIP.

1140 days ago
138.

Fuck Celebrities    

This jackass of a 'doctor' can diagnose without seeing the body?

1140 days ago
139.

Areader    

This was not Dr Drew's fault!

1140 days ago
140.

Jeff    

Drew deserves a break. His show is brining light to the dangers of booze and drugs - which as he says over and over again is a fatal disease. Many of the stars on his show don't take it seriously but these are the consequences of not waking up and getting help. Its sad and unfortunate but ultimately the individual has to tackle this disease, doctors can only detox you and then the rest is up to the person. I sincerely believe Drew will save a life or two by bringing awareness to those that are suffering that help is available if you want to get it. By the way, if AA is a cult but that cult keeps you sober and saves your life, then who care about the church lady, sign me up.

1140 days ago
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Rhonda C. Poynter    

I agree AND disagree w/Dr. Drew - I've lost two immediate family members to drug abuse, and both cases started with pharmaceutical abuse; toward the end, both individuals were in such horrible physical condition (renal failure, heart problems, SEIZURES - I'm not kidding) that we were all expecting what happened to happen...through hospitalizations, rehab, etc., the danger remained that someone would take what would be all right for a normal body (cold meds, etc.), and it would shut something down. I think that this is what happened with Jeff, too, and that it wasn't intentional...but, like my family members, there may have been a "The hell with it" attitude, i.e. if he woke up or not, no big deal. Sad end to a talented man, but again, I saw it coming years ago.

1140 days ago
142.

ceanf    

sorry 'dr' drew, but what ever prescription drugs this man was doing did not cause the pneumonia and sepsis you allege he died from. no, this is an attempt to save face with regard to the fact that his 'rehab' seems to result in more deaths and relapses than success stories. what's this, like 4th or 5th death of an ex 'dr' drew rehab patient in as many months? this man is little more than a hack making loads of money off people's misfortune. treatment from him pretty much amounts to a death sentence. he needs to keep his sideline diagnoses to himself and think about his methods, because they clearly are not working.

1140 days ago
143.

Suze    

No...he didn't die of an overdose...but he DID die from drug addiction...Just like Heath Ledger, Corey Haim, Brittany Murphy and her creepy husband.

1140 days ago
144.

Mark Mywords    

Reportedly doing better and looked like he was going to recover, then took a turn for the worse? Does this story jibe with the hospital's account? Did the hospital do Jeff any favors by putting him in an "induced" coma?

1140 days ago
145.

Deborah    

Dr. Drew is a straight up guy. I will sing his praises. He does great work and at least he is getting the word out about the effects of long term drug use. I love Dr. Drew for the man he is. He calls it like he sees it. As for the passing of Conway my condelences to the family and friends. Great guy...

1140 days ago
146.

tellmeaboutit     

What in the hell gives Dr Drew the right to poke his nose into everybody's business? He's always jumping in front of a camera and running his mouth. Obvously, his little 3-week ego fest rehab didn't work on Conaway, and I assume he was not treating him when he passed away. Stay out of it, Dr Drew!!

1140 days ago
147.

djchalieronbinson    

CONGRATS DR.DREW ON ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY FROM ADDICTION! HE NOW STOPPED! GOOD JOB!

1140 days ago
148.

Jack DaCarup    

TMZ --Please post a better pic of Jeff.

RIP JEFF.

1140 days ago
149.

mdwst chick    

Dr Drew, it's very irresponsible of you to say that it was "prescription drugs" that turned him into what he was. I don't remember cocaine ever being prescribed to anyone????

1140 days ago
150.

carol    

I had bad vibes about that so called girlfriend of his when I saw her on TV with him. I believe she played a role in his demise, not that he shouldn't have taken responsibility but I see no good in her at all. Glad the family got a restraining order against her.

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