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Jeff Conaway Among Stars Left Out of Emmys' 'In Memoriam' Segment

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The "In Memoriam" segment that aired during Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast omitted a few notable celebrity deaths from the past year. Entertainment Weekly points out that Grease and Taxi star Jeff Conaway, Len "Uncle Leo" Lesser of Seinfeld fame and The Cosby Show actress Clarice Taylor were not included in the video.

The TV Academy has a general statement on its official website regarding omissions from the annual segment. It writes, "Unfortunately, due to inevitable time limitations, the producers of the telecast are not able to include all of the worthy television professionals who have passed away from year to year." The Academy also notes that all TV professionals who have died in the past year are listed in its "In Memoriam" database.

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Jeff Conaway of 'Grease,' 'Taxi' Dead at 60

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Actor Jeff Conaway, who had slipped into a coma earlier this month, has died at the age of 60, according to published reports.

Conaway was best known for his roles as Kenickie in the 1978 smash film Grease and Bobby Wheeler on the TV show Taxi.  He also played Zack Allen on Babylon 5.

Initial reports were that Conaway, who suffered from ill health and had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, had overdosed, but the actor's friend Dr. Drew Pinsky tweeted earlier this week that in fact Conaway had been placed in a medically-induced coma in order to recover from pneumonia and sepsis, a bacterial infection of the blood.  Conaway and Pinsky became friends after Conaway appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2008.

While on the show, Conaway appeared to be in poor shape, often using a wheelchair.  He spoke about having suicidal thoughts, and said that he had been abused as a child.  In 2010, his physical condition deteriorated after he suffered a near-fatal fall that resulted in a brain hemorrhage and neck and hip fractures.

Conaway was married twice.  He had no children.

Speaking to ABC News Radio just hours before Conaway died, actress Tawny Kitaen, a friend of the actor's since they appeared together on Celebrity Rehab, said, "If he does go, I promise you, he will be in a much better place.  Having to live the way that he lives right now, I just couldn't do it."

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Jeff Conaway’s Family Decides to Disconnect Life Support

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems Jeff Conaway’s many years of substance abuse have gotten the best of him.

After remaining in a coma at a hospital in California since being found unconscious on May 11, members of the actor's family have decided to discontinue life support.  A source close to the situation tells RadarOnline that the decision was made after "Doctors advised the family that Jeff has had no brain function since he was brought into the hospital."

The 60-year-old former Taxi star, who also played Kenickie in the 1978 hit film version of Grease, was initially admitted for what was said to be a drug overdose.  However, Dr. Dew Pinsky tweeted earlier this week that Conaway was placed in a medically-induced coma in order to recover from pneumonia and sepsis, which is a bacterial infection of the blood.

Conaway reportedly has already had his feeding tube removed, and was expected to have his respirator disconnected Thursday evening.

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Jeff Conaway Hospitalized, Unconscious After Apparent Drug Overdose

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Jeff Conaway, who's best known for his roles as Kenickie in the film Grease and Bobby Wheeler in the sitcom Taxi, is in critical condition following an apparent drug overdose on Wednesday, reports the Los Angeles Times.  According to his family members, the 60-year-old actor has been hospitalized at Encino Hospital Medical Center in California with pneumonia and remains unconscious.  There is no word on what Conaway may have taken, nor his prognosis.

Conaway, who's been known in recent years more for his public battles with drug and alcohol addiction, appeared in the first two seasons of VH1's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky to help get his addiction to cocaine, painkillers and alcohol under control.

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