Former ‘Taxi’ star dies at 60
LOS ANGELES — Jeff Conaway, who starred in the sitcom ‘‘Taxi,’’ played swaggering Kenickie in the movie musical ‘‘Grease’’ and publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction on ‘‘Celebrity Rehab,’’ died Friday. He was 60.
The actor was taken off life support Thursday and died Friday morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center, according to one of his managers, Kathryn Boole.
‘‘It’s sad that people remember his struggle with drugs. ... He has touched so many people,’’ she said.
Phil Spector’s appeal denied
LOS ANGELES — An appeals court on Friday refused to reconsider music producer Phil Spector’s appeal of his murder conviction, saying there was overwhelming evidence of his guilt.
The California 2nd District Court of Appeal panel acknowledged it did not consider an issue that defense lawyers now say was critical to his conviction. But they blamed the lawyers for failing to adequately brief the point and said they had no obligation to consider it.
They quoted case law saying, ‘‘Issues do not have a life of their own: if they are not raised ... we consider the issues waived.’’
Spector, a legendary rock music producer, was convicted two years ago of fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his Alhambra mansion in 2003. He is serving 19 years to life in prison on a second-degree murder conviction.
Winehouse back in rehab
NEW YORK — A representative for Amy Winehouse says the singer has checked into a treatment program in London.
Spokesman Chris Goodman said Friday that the 27-year-old songstress wants to be sure she’s ready to perform in Europe this summer.
The rep said she’ll stay at the clinic on ‘‘doctors’ advice.’’ It was not clear what treatment she’ll get at the Priory Clinic. It offers treatment for a range of psychiatric problems, as well as drug and alcohol addiction.
Winehouse’s breakthrough disc, 2006’s ‘‘Back to Black,’’ won her five Grammy Awards and helped her achieve worldwide stardom, but her music has been overshadowed by drug use.