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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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91.

MariJoy    

I think the typical American's incessant habit of sickly gorging on Reality TV is also to blame for his death, and I'm really surprised someone has not pointed this out...I think being a part of Celebrity Rehab has got to ramp up the "shame factor" for many of these famous addicts, and it just stands to reason that the shame might cause someone to use all the more, thus contributing overall to the likelihood of an early demise.

1143 days ago
92.

Jeri    

Yes, RIP Jeff, maybe the next life will be kinder to you and for you.

Why is Dr Drew making announcements? Did someone ask him to represent Jeff and/or the family? If not, STFU Drew. You're always trying to get press/air time from others tragedies.

1143 days ago
93.

YOU LOSERS    

Dr. Drews NEW statement: Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated Conaway for substance abuse, posted a Twitter message Friday after learning of Conaway's death.

"I'm saddened to report he has suc***bed to his addiction, thus far we have no evidence of an intentional overdose, rather this is the natural history of prescription drug addiction, pneumonia, septic shock, etc," he tweeted.

1143 days ago
94.

MyOpinionOnly    

And Alyson has a very good point: DR. DREW WAS ASKED FOR COMMENTS DUE TO HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH JEFF ON CELEBRITY REHAB, HOW IS THAT DOUCHY? I think the comments on here disrespecting Drew AND Jeff are more douchy than anything this man has done.

1143 days ago
95.

defamationstation.com    

"Grease Star Jeff Conaway Dies Of Acute Pinsky Syndrome."

1143 days ago
96.

Politico Pablo    

Long term prescription opiate abuse will ruin your health. It eventually suppresses lung function and causes a build up of fluid in the lungs, and then pneumonia.

He probably knew several years ago that he'd reached a point where he was just running out the clock.

1143 days ago
97.

Melanie    

Give instead of take? People who havent been down this path are clueless. NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE takes pleasure in being a drug/alcohol addict. This is not the way we want to live. Dr. Drew tried his best.

1143 days ago
98.

kar    

The celebrity's that go on Dr Drew are doing it for the attention and the money. Dr Drew sure isn't doing it by the kindness of his heart, it's all about attention and money. That show should not be on the air because the last thing those celebrity's need is attention! I wish Jeff could have overcome his addictions. Rest in peace, you can be happy now.

1143 days ago
99.

lil harvey    

RIP Jeff. You are finally free!!

1143 days ago
100.

James    

Dr. Drew has already been caught lying about this situation. He said that Jeff was doing okay in the hospital and was talking. That is obviously not the case because he was in a coma the whole time and was on life support. You can't trust anything Dr. Drew says.

1143 days ago
101.

sleepd    

Yeah, sorry "Dr." Drew, but unless you performed the autopsy (and I'd probably require you to be board certified as a forensic pathologist even to offer an opinion), you don't know wtf caused Conway's death. And certainly not without a toxicology lab workup. So STFU.

1143 days ago
102.

Cujeaux    

Jeff kept insisting on more back surgeries in order to get more pain meds. He made a the choice a long time ago to take that route and wasn't willing to do the work in PT to help his body heal naturally. Dr. Drew probably kept him alive for a few more years by weaning him off his meds on a few different occasions, but he went right back to it as soon as he got out of rehab. His girlfriend was a bad influence but was the only one who would put up with his abuse, so he stayed with her. She will probably contest his will.

1143 days ago
103.

Jinko    

Gee, Dr. Drew, I didn't realize that you were a coroner too. Your track record is none too good, is it?

1143 days ago
104.

how lame    

Sleepd said exactly what i was thinking. Dr drew is such an attention whore.

R.I.P jeff Conaway .

1143 days ago
105.

Puckett    

Too bad "Dr" Drew didn't die. RIP Conway

1143 days ago
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