Jeff Conaway is in a coma following a suspected drug overdose. Conaway is best-known for his roles on Grease and Taxi. More recently, he’s been seen by reality TV watchers on multiple seasons of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.
Conaway, 60, is currently in critical condition in an Encino-area hospital. Popeater reports that Conaway was found unconscious on May 11, possibly after taking too many pain pills.
His condition is reported as “unresponsive.”
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Mike Starr’s roommate, who was not identified by name during his TMZ interview, says that the reality star was taking methadone and anxiety medication just before he died on Tuesday, a combination which may have been lethal.
The roommate said Starr was still working toward sobriety following his Celebrity Rehab and Sober House stints, but on Monday night he was “mixing” his medications. Officially, the cause of death for the former Alice in Chains bassist has not been determined.
“Mike [Starr] was a beautiful person who was fighting to stay sober,” said the roommate. “I am going to miss him greatly.”
And so will we. Once the official cause of death has been released, we’ll let you know. Follow VIP Breakdown on Twitter to get all the headlines quickly.
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UPDATE: TMZ reports that Giraldo’s family had pulled him off life support.
Comedian Greg Giraldo, best known to television audiences for his work on Last Comic Standing and the Comedy Central roasts, died today in New Jersey. He was 44 years old.
Giraldo’s passing comes less than a week after he was hospitalized for an accidental overdose. According to friends of the funnyman, he had been taking prescription pills. His death is not being considered a suicide.
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-Knocked Up star Seth Rogen is about to play a husband. The 28-year-old proposed to writer/actress Lauren Miller—his girlfriend since 2004—last week.
-Talk show host George Lopez and his wife are divorcing after 17 years of marriage. A rep calls the spit “amicable and by mutual agreement.” Ann donated a kidney to the comedian back in 2005.
-Heart singer/guitarist Nancy Wilson and director hubby Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) are ending their marriage after 24 years together. The two have actually been separated since 2008.
-Comedian Greg Giraldo is in critical condition after a reported “accidental overdose.” A source claims Greg, a fixture on Comedy Central’s raunchy roasts, had been taking prescription pills.
During sit-down interviews with both VH1 and ABC, singer Fantasia Barrino admitted her overdose earlier this month was no accident.
“I knew exactly what I was doing. You can’t accidentally take a whole bottle of pills,” she stated.
So what would lead the 26-year-old with a reality show and a new CD to make such a drastic decision? According to singer, her relationship with a still-married Antwaun Cook was just one of several issues in her life.
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Fantasia Barrino has been released from the hospital and is now recovering at home. The official police report lists Barrino’s Monday overdose as a suicide attempt, but this initial ruling could change as the investigation continues. Fantasia’s overdose was not life-threatening, but she did remain at the hospital for observation.
The 911 call is now available if you want to take a listen. During the call, Fantasia was described as having taken “a bottle of aspirin.” When asked about her condition, the caller reported that she was “slowly losing consciousness.”
Fantasia is facing a lawsuit filed by the wife of Antwuan Cook, Barrino’s boyfriend.
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Fantasia Barrino is in the Carolinas Medical Center-Pineville following an overdose. Her condition is not critical and it is believed she will make a full recovery.
American Idol‘s Season 3 winner has made headlines recently. The alleged “other woman” in a love triangle, Barrino has publicly stated that she is “not responsible” for the couple’s pending divorce.
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Courtney Love fears her daughter will die of a drugs overdose.
The Hole singer, who has 17-year-old Frances Bean with late husband Kurt Cobain, admits she is concerned by the amount of money the teenager receives under the terms of the Nirvana frontman’s will, particularly as she no longer lives with her mother.
“She is going to be 18 on 15 August. Thank God, because then this whole palaver will be done. She lives in a mansion by herself. A 17 year old getting $40,000 a month is outrageous to me, that’s on top of them paying for the mansion. She lives with her nanny, and Grandma Wendy and Kim - Kurt’s mother and sister - live two doors down, but there’s no drug testing going on. It’s a lot of money for a normal person. It’s enough money to kill her, if she is doing drugs, enough money to be gone by the time she’s 22,” Courtney - who was banned from contacting Frances last year by a court - said.
Despite her concerns, Courtney also thinks Frances is too sensible to go off the rails and says the teenager has turned down many opportunities to become famous in her own right:
Eminem “scared himself” with the extent of his drug addiction.
The rapper admits he only gave up taking illegal substances for good after he relapsed just weeks after an almost fatal drug-taking session in late 2007.
“I had overdosed in 2007, like right around Christmas in 2007. I pretty much almost died. You know, I pulled through and went home and relapsed less than a month later and I literally shot back up to the amount of pills I was taking, shot right back up to where I overdosed. Kind of I scared myself, like, ‘Yo! I need to, I need help. Like I can’t beat this on my own.’ The things I was putting in my body, my tolerance got so high. I got to the point where I couldn’t even count how many pills I was taking.”
The hip-hop superstar has a 14-year-old daughter Hailie, his child with ex-wife Kimberley Scott, and two adopted girls Alaina, the child of Kimberley’s sister, and Whitney - Kimberley’s daughter from a previous relationship. He is also the legal guardian of his younger half-brother Nathan.
-You better cover up if you’re going to breast-feed around Kim Kardashian. The reality star recently tweeted: “EWW Im at lunch,the woman at the table next 2 me is breast feeding her baby w no coverup then puts baby on the table and changes her diaper.”
-Singer Vanessa Carlton is finally opening up about her sexuality. Carlton recently told a concert audience: “I’ve never said this before, but I am a proud bisexual woman.”
-According to a report, Kathlyn Beatty, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening’s daughter, is planning a sex-change operation. The 18-year-old college student is rumored to be going by the name Stephen now.
-Sad news for Ted Koppel on this Father’s Day. It was recently announced that his son, Andrew Koppel, died as a result of a drug and alcohol overdose.
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