Late actor Jeff Conaway and his ex-girlfriend Victoria Spinoza had a tumultuous relationship over the years that included multiple restraining orders.
Jeff Conaway and his ex-fiancee Victoria Spinoza (Vikki Lizzi) lived together once. That was until each of them filed dueling restraining orders, both claiming the other party was involved in shady business.
At the time, E! News reported that a judge managed to force only one party to move out of the residence, and that was Conaway.
Spinoza, along with her mother, were the owners of the Northridge, California home. According to the Los Angeles Superior Court complaint, she obtained a temporary restraining order on February 28, 2011, including a move-out demand.
The recording artist wrote in the filing that she wanted Conaway to stop reporting lies to the police and stop slandering her name.
She revealed on February 23 that year that the actor pulled a knife on her and told her he was going to ruin her life.
Spinoza said that at the time of the incident, she locked herself in the bathroom to get away from him and dialed 911, telling the operator Conaway wanted to kill her.
She stated he had been on three 5150 psychiatric holds the year prior while revealing that he harmed himself on his arms, claiming that she was responsible for it.
The actress called her then-fiancé mentally unstable and dangerous and stated any claims he made against her that she attempted to steal his medication were untrue.
Meanwhile, Conaway, who filed for his TRO on March 2 that year, claimed the opposite. He accused Spinoza of stealing $700 worth of his medication and demanded her to return it.
He claimed the day he served Spinoza with his TRO, she snuck into the house at 3 a.m. and injected him with something in his right arm that left him drowsy.
The former “Taxi” star also claimed that Spinoza planted cocaine in his abode so that the Sheriff’s Deputies would find it when they came to serve him with a restraining order.
In January 2010, Conaway was admitted to a hospital following a drug-fueled fall at his home. Spinoza came forward with a plea to get him help and told E! News at the time:
“This is just devasting. I tried to save him from himself by trying to get him help…He wants to die at home. He knows the meds are killing him. He can’t get off them.”
Conaway was able to refrain from taking drugs, but his condition worsened to a point where he even contemplated his death.
Spinoza revealed he talked about being burned on a boat and sent out to sea like a Viking funeral; she also added that those who loved him were trying to save his life, but he was not listening.
She disclosed that he had previously spoken about committing suicide more than once and that his condition was so erratic that he suffered several falls at home.
At the time, he sustained injuries that required emergency surgery for a fractured hip, but he managed to recover. Spinoza claimed:
“I don’t think he wants to die. I think it’s the meds that are destroying his mind.”
On May 9, 2011, things took a twisted turn when Spinoza visited Conaway at the San Fernando Valley home where he was staying with a friend.
Spinoza’s best friend Aubry Fisher shared that her pal left Conaway with a hug and told her she would see him the next day to take him to see a doctor.
However, when she called him that morning, he did not answer. The screenwriter then went to the house, and the friend could not wake him up. Fisher told People that was when Spinoza called 911.
Conaway once again ended up being admitted to the hospital and was placed in a medically induced coma. During that period, Spinoza went head-to-head with his family regarding making decisions based on his condition.
SPINOZA VS CONAWAY’S FAMILY
His sister Carla Shreve mentioned Spinoza’s visit in court papers filed on May 18, seeking a restraining order against her. Shreve alleged her brother had broken things off with the TV personality and was afraid for his life from her.
She wrote that he ended up in critical condition at a Los Angeles-area hospital just hours after Spinoza visited him at midnight, which resulted in someone calling the police. The law officials encouraged the family to secure the TRO to keep Spinoza away from him.
The Superior Court granted the family the restraining order preventing Spinoza from going near him until a hearing in June later that year.
Conaway had a volatile on-and-off relationship with Spinoza for years. Her friend who served as her spokesperson said Spinoza was not to blame for Conaway falling unconscious, adding that she had taken care of him for seven years.
Spinoza and Conaway were not only lovers, but they also worked together before as she wrote and recorded her last album with him called “Saints and Sinners,” known as Vikki & Kenickie on iTunes.
Spinoza’s friend Fisher stated that the restraining order against her was horrible and wrong, saying her pal was beside him the day before the restraining order was granted, and the pair were in the process of reconciling.
In addition to the dispute, Conway’s family made the ultimate difficult decision to take him off life support, and Spinoza also made her last efforts to see him before he passed.
E! News reported at the time that her lawyers were in court trying to get her to say her final goodbyes to her longtime love. Doctors told Conway’s family there was no hope for his survival.
He appeared on the reality show “Celebrity Rehab,” and Dr. Drew Pinsky, who treated him while on the show, said Conaway did not intentionally OD and that his condition worsened due to pneumonia and sepsis, a deadly blood infection.
Sadly, the star died on May 27, 2011, at the age of 60. Conaway became a household name by playing Kenickie in the 1978 musical film “Grease” and Bobby Wheeler in the sitcom “Taxi” between 1978 and 1981.
His manager Phil Brock shared that he was surrounded by his sisters, nieces, and nephews before he passed away. Reports revealed his weakened state involved the effects of long-term drug abuse, which hindered his chances of survival.
He documented his struggle with addiction in 2008 on “Celebrity Rehab.” His co-star John Travolta had offered to pay for him to go back to rehab, but he never took him up on the offer.
Travolta, along with other Hollywood stars, sent their condolences: “My heartfelt thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this very difficult time,” he said in a statement.
Conaway was born on October 5, 1950, in New York City as Charles William Michael Conaway. He was previously married to Kerri Young and Rona Newton-John and had no kids.