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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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Barbie    

mdwst chick 11 hours ago
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????
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Obviously mdwst chick, you don't know anything about the medical field. I was given cocaine during a surgery to repair my broken nose. Obviously I was prescribed it in order to have that repair done. Check your facts.
And another thing midwst chick ---- This new epidemic of prescription drug abuse, and the prescription of these dangerous drugs is a new thing, something that was unheard of 10 years ago. So maybe Jeff started out using cocaine and drinking, and all the other illegal activities that go alone with a drug addict, but get your facts straight. When the pharmaceutical companies started promoting these prescription drugs to the doctor's office's that they visited. Doctors were quick to jump on board, because the drug companies gave these doctors incentives and perks that are little known to the average person. But it all started with the pharmaceutical companies promoting these ideas to prescribe these drugs to people who then became addicted. Wake UP midwst chick, all drug addicts will abuse anything they can get their hands on. Once this new way to getting drugs legally from their local doctors in town, there was little use for the street dealers peddling their drugs. But now these street drug dealers are peddling prescription drugs and everyone is turning a blind eye to it. Especially the government branch of the DEA, they have the power to stop this, but why stop something that is making billions of dollars for the pharmaceuticals, the doctors, and the government !!

1161 days ago
182.

BitterKittens    

Conaway's girlfriend, Vicki Lizzi, was evil. Just from watching her on Celebrity Rehab, she was pure evil. I got the chills everytime she came on the screen.

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1161 days ago
183.

Bertha    

Dr Drew is such a PIMP.................Since when is he an authority on Everyone! Go away you drug store DR.

1161 days ago
184.

darren    

why can,t dr drew and other dr oz ,dr phillip to go away leave us who favmous alone dr drew are the most dangerous cruel to upset hurt thier family and us too from all over the world .Sorry to hear loss jeff conaway we all will remeber him .

1161 days ago
185.

mary    

i dont know why people blame dr. drew, for these addicts deaths. you cant save an addict from himself. dr. drew told him he would die if he continued to use (and stay with his gf lizzie). if you watched the show he checked out, and left against dr. drews advice and begging. addicts will go to rehab again and again, sometimes up 10 or 12 times. do you know how many addicts die from drug addiction? they will not quit until they decide, no matter what the treatment. drs. try but in the end it is up to the addict. jeffs family and other families go thru the pain of watching their loved one die after years and years of addiction.

1161 days ago
186.

angrycandy    

I wish you the best,Mr.Conway, only the best.

1161 days ago
187.

stephanie    

So sad to hear! I hope his wife is on the righ path now since the last airing. Dr. Drew, you are an amazing physician and it is so nice to see your show(s) and know that you truly care. I appreciate your publicity on the issues at hand that you and the patient/clients share,in one way or another they affect us all. Best wishes to all the lives you touch. My prayers are with everyone whose lives you come in contact with. You have my utmost appreciation and respect.

1161 days ago
188.

Robert    

To the people talking s**t on Dr.Drew, Jeff Conaway's family asked him to "set the record straight" on how/why he died. Dr. Drew was there while Jeff was in the hospital, if you had listened to Dr.Drew's radio show "Loveline", he talked extensively about Jeff's condition, what had happened to him, and things Mr. Conaway's family asked him to say to let the public know. Please learn the facts before you go talk trash on people.

1161 days ago
189.

Ryan    

@barbie congrats on your many years of sobriety. i have also been clean and sober for 10 years. i bash dr. drew for many reasons. first off, that crazy psycho co-dependent chic of his SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ON THE PREMESIS!!!!!!!! tv ratings mean more to this jackwagon than the health and sanity and sobriety of the people he is "treating"...him, being a "dr" treating addiction should know that being around enablers is not going to help the recovery process. while dr. drew cannot control what someone does when they leave his facility, he can damn sure control what goes on in it! that is one issue of many i have with this doctor. i, do feel pity and sadness for jeff conaway's family. i hope this man finally gets some peace.

1161 days ago
190.

Ryan    

public eye or not, if you go to rehab, it needs to be kept private. i find it sad that when a celeb goes to rehab, it is either televised and/or reported, the media waits for the celebs to cluck up and then they televise/report on that. then well and then when the inevitable happens and that celeb passes away, they are "sorry to hear of his/her passing"

1161 days ago
191.

janalal4    

So sorry to hear about his death but not surprised in the least. The guy was a total mess on Celebrity Rehab. I never thought I'd say that somebody was too far gone for rehab but by the time this guy appeared on Dr.Drew's show, I think he WAS too far gone. And for all who are biting at Dr.Drew's ass over this? Your kidding right? Treating 'celebrity' addicts isn't even in the same rhealm as treating us 'nobody addicts'. All addicts have some sense of 'entitlement' which makes the disease so resistant to treatment but were talking about spoiled, pampered, catered to celebrities with MASSIVE ENTITLEMENT ISSUES. They know EVERYTHING therefore they are much harder to treat. On some level they believe they DESERVE TO USE DRUGS. I don't envy Dr. Drew in having to deal with them for 2 seconds. 8 out of every 10 'everyday' addicts relapse at least once. Now factor in 'celebrity' & one can certainly understand what this doc is up against.

1161 days ago
192.

janalal4    

Ryanless than a minute ago

public eye or not, if you go to rehab, it needs to be kept private. i find it sad that when a celeb goes to rehab, it is either televised and/or reported, the media waits for the celebs to cluck up and then they televise/report on that. then well and then when the inevitable happens and that celeb passes away, they are "sorry to hear of his/her passing"
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Those celebrities KNOW their rehab will be televised & they are well compensated for their time. If they don't want to rehab in the public eye then don't go on the show. Dr.Drew is simply trying to shed light on rehab & addiction in general in the hopes that if the average joe sees a celebrity with 'problems' seeking help then perhaps its okay for them to do the same. Nothing BAD ever came from shining a light into a dark corner, in this case, that dark corner is the issue of addiction. I'm thankful this doctor is breaking the stigma of addiction & drug rehab. Also Dr. Drew only comments on a relapse if he is asked & has the 'okay' of the celebrity in question. He's called an 'expert commentator'. It's what he does & is asked to do. Funny he never got such a ration of **** over his show he does on relationships. I think he simply makes people who probably HAVE drug issues 'uncomfortable' & thats why they love to hate on the guy.

1161 days ago
193.

Ryan    

yes they are harder to treat but it needs not to be televised because it feeds those entitlement issues.

1161 days ago
194.

Ryan    

i guess this debate is going to go on and on. but the fact of the matter is, we lost another great actor to this horrible disease and he was not the first and he won't be the last.

1161 days ago
195.

Ethics101    

just curious, why are you calling Drew Pinsky by his first name in this article, but Jeff Conaway by his last? It's only proper to, either use both of their last names or, if you are going to use Drew's first name, and not Jeff's, to refer to Jeff as "Mr. Conaway".

Just FYI since you are supposed to be a writer for the media!

RIP JEFF

1161 days ago
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