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Jeff Conaway has fought a lot of battles for his health. This one may be his biggest.
The Grease and Taxi star, and two-time participant in Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, has suffered extensive injuries after falling down a staircase in his Los Angeles home.
The actor's girlfriend, Vikki Lizzi, has a dire prognosis.
"Jeff thinks these are his final days," she tells E! News exclusively. "The story is very complicated, which is why I have to tell it."
Manager Phil Brock adds that Conaway "is undergoing surgery on his hip right now."
Despite earlier comments from Conaway’s agent, Jay Schachter, about the 59-year-old actor suffering a brain hemorrhage and broken neck, Brock tells E! News he can only confirm that Conaway suffered the broken hip. (When informed of Brock's remarks, Schacter recanted his prior statement.)
Brock also says that he understands Conaway’s fall took place in his kitchen and that it is his second recent accident.
“This is the culmination of four months of health problems. He fell four months ago and has had trouble with stability and walking since,” Brock says.
Meanwhile, a source close to the actor tells E! News that Dr. Drew Pinsky has once again been involved in treating Conaway in recent weeks.
Get well, Kenickie!
—Additional reporting by Jason Kennedy
(Originally published Jan. 19, 2009, at 12:55 p.m. PT)
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