Dana Plato's son commits suicide

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The son of late Diff'rent Strokes star Dana Plato has taken his own life in a tragic repeat of history after failing to come to terms with his mother's suicide almost 11 years to the day.

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Northside_Yo

Tulsa, OK

#1 May 12, 2010
Tragic, RIP.
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#2 May 12, 2010
Oh that is sooooo sad.
That poor kid.
That poor family.
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#3 May 12, 2010
I didn't know Dana killed herself ??
I thought it was an accident ??
So, she did it on purpose ?


TULSA, Ok -- Tyler Lambert, the 25-year-old son of "Diff'rent Strokes" star Dana Plato has committed suicide, nearly 11 years to the day of the suicide of his mother, reports PopEater.

Dana Plato died of a drug overdose from prescription pills on May 8, 1999, at the age of 36.

The Tulsa Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says that Lambert was found dead May 6, from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#4 May 12, 2010
So, he did try to find an answer, find some peace ?
I wonder what happened to the suit ?
Can you sue someone for possibly upsetting someone enough for them to take their own life ?

Report: Dana Plato Wrongful Death Suit Filed
Mon., Sep. 11, 2006 3:45 PM PDT by Joal Ryan

Seven years after Dana Plato's death, a new legal battle is being waged among her survivors.

Plato's son, Tyler Lambert, 21, has targeted the late former child star's fiancÚ in a lawsuit.

News of a civil suit surfaced this week, although Lambert filed a complaint against Robert Menchaca on May 5, online court records for Nevada's Clark County show. The case was lodged three days shy of the seventh anniversary of Plato's death, which was ruled a suicide.

The nature of the lawsuit is not clear from the citation. The case is listed as active, but there are no scheduled court dates.

However, citing court documents, the National Enquirer reports in its Sept. 18 edition that Lambert accuses Menchaca, who was with Plato on the day of her death, of contributing to the Diff'rent Strokes star's demise by not "giving immediate medical assistance or contacting medical personnel." The Enquirer says the wrongful death complaint was filed in Las Vegas.

Lambert's suit seeks more than $20,000 in damages, the tabloid said.

Lambert did not return a call seeking comment Monday. A message left at a number believed to be that of Menchaca's likewise was not returned.

Plato died May 8, 1999, in a suburb of Oklahoma City. She was 34. Authorities said she succumbed to an overdose of painkillers.

A day after an in-studio appearance in New York on Howard Stern's radio show, Plato was in Oklahoma for Mother's Day weekend--Lambert, then a teenager, lived there with his grandmother. She was found dead in a mobile home parked outside the Moore, Oklahoma, house of Menchaca's parents. Menchaca discovered the "unresponsive and cold-to-the-touch" Plato, police said.

"I suspected that she overdosed," Menchaca told reporters at the time, the Associated Press said.

The man's mother, a nurse, and his brother tried to revive Plato, initial reports said.

Lambert and Menchaca are no strangers to court tangles. Shortly after Plato's death, the two warred over ownership of the motor home where the actress died.

Lambert previously told the Enquirer that he had wanted police to reopen the case.

As a teenager, Plato costarred as good-girl Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes. The offscreen woes of she and her two costars, Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges, served as fodder for last week's NBC made-for-TV movie, Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff'rent Strokes. According to Media Life, the show averaged just 4 million viewers, and dragged NBC down to a fifth-place finish for the night, behind ABC, CBS, Fox and the Spanish-language Univision.
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Constance

AOL

#5 May 13, 2010
cody wrote:
So, he did try to find an answer, find some peace ?
I wonder what happened to the suit ?
Can you sue someone for possibly upsetting someone enough for them to take their own life ?
Report: Dana Plato Wrongful Death Suit Filed
Mon., Sep. 11, 2006 3:45 PM PDT by Joal Ryan
Seven years after Dana Plato's death, a new legal battle is being waged among her survivors.
Plato's son, Tyler Lambert, 21, has targeted the late former child star's fiancÚ in a lawsuit.
News of a civil suit surfaced this week, although Lambert filed a complaint against Robert Menchaca on May 5, online court records for Nevada's Clark County show. The case was lodged three days shy of the seventh anniversary of Plato's death, which was ruled a suicide.
The nature of the lawsuit is not clear from the citation. The case is listed as active, but there are no scheduled court dates.
However, citing court documents, the National Enquirer reports in its Sept. 18 edition that Lambert accuses Menchaca, who was with Plato on the day of her death, of contributing to the Diff'rent Strokes star's demise by not "giving immediate medical assistance or contacting medical personnel." The Enquirer says the wrongful death complaint was filed in Las Vegas.
Lambert's suit seeks more than $20,000 in damages, the tabloid said.
Lambert did not return a call seeking comment Monday. A message left at a number believed to be that of Menchaca's likewise was not returned.
Plato died May 8, 1999, in a suburb of Oklahoma City. She was 34. Authorities said she succumbed to an overdose of painkillers.
A day after an in-studio appearance in New York on Howard Stern's radio show, Plato was in Oklahoma for Mother's Day weekend--Lambert, then a teenager, lived there with his grandmother. She was found dead in a mobile home parked outside the Moore, Oklahoma, house of Menchaca's parents. Menchaca discovered the "unresponsive and cold-to-the-touch" Plato, police said.
"I suspected that she overdosed," Menchaca told reporters at the time, the Associated Press said.
The man's mother, a nurse, and his brother tried to revive Plato, initial reports said.
Lambert and Menchaca are no strangers to court tangles. Shortly after Plato's death, the two warred over ownership of the motor home where the actress died.
Lambert previously told the Enquirer that he had wanted police to reopen the case.
As a teenager, Plato costarred as good-girl Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes. The offscreen woes of she and her two costars, Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges, served as fodder for last week's NBC made-for-TV movie, Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Diff'rent Strokes. According to Media Life, the show averaged just 4 million viewers, and dragged NBC down to a fifth-place finish for the night, behind ABC, CBS, Fox and the Spanish-language Univision.
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Sis, I wouldn't be too sure either one of these deaths was a "suicide". Read between the lines...and then realize what issues were involved. Kind of like Anna Nicole Smith and her son, only in a different location. Also, this is Oklahoma, were people die of "suicides" that aren't suicides. I could be wrong in this case, but it does make you wonder.
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#6 May 13, 2010
Constance wrote:
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Sis, I wouldn't be too sure either one of these deaths was a "suicide". Read between the lines...and then realize what issues were involved. Kind of like Anna Nicole Smith and her son, only in a different location. Also, this is Oklahoma, were people die of "suicides" that aren't suicides. I could be wrong in this case, but it does make you wonder.
Really ? See I thought Dana's death was an accident ?
But her son pulled the trigger. That's suicide.
Um......Oklahoma's suicides aren't suicides ?
Wondering ?
Hugs,
Terri

“Swimming With Ignorant Sharks”

Since: Apr 10

Oklahoma

#7 May 13, 2010
What about a third level celebrity X ing themselves captivates the grazing herd?

Have any idea how many small children died today of preventable causes?
Constance

AOL

#8 May 13, 2010
cody wrote:
<quoted text>
Really ? See I thought Dana's death was an accident ?
But her son pulled the trigger. That's suicide.
Um......Oklahoma's suicides aren't suicides ?
Wondering ?
Hugs,
Terri
Terri...Dana's son felt his mother had been murdered,(among others who also thought so).
He had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his mom's boyfriend.
Apparently he filed another suit against this guy just days before his own questionable death. Coincidence? Maybe, but doubtful. The only thing that makes me wonder is the suicide note...that is if he was the one who wrote it.
Yes, there are murders that are made to look like suicides. Cases where someone was drugged or knocked out and then shot in the head or mouth and small town cops drop the ball from faulty investigations, or where there is no actual proof.
Colonal Sabow, for example was assassinated in just such a way the day he was going to blow the whistle on members of his Marine group for smuggling cocaine into the air base where he commanded. Knocked out, and then shot in the mouth with a shotgun.
It was a cover up by the guilty parties.
And yes,Oklahoma has a poor track record in murder investigations. I know that to be a fact from living here, and keeping abreast of the news.
(scroll down to the bottom)
http://www.franksreelreviews.com/shorttakes/p...
Hugs to you too :)
Constance
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#9 May 13, 2010
Faith Healer wrote:
What about a third level celebrity X ing themselves captivates the grazing herd?
Have any idea how many small children died today of preventable causes?
Give me a break. Ya, I know there's a ton of bad things happening out there.
It's still sad.
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#10 May 13, 2010
Constance wrote:
<quoted text>
Terri...Dana's son felt his mother had been murdered,(among others who also thought so).
He had filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his mom's boyfriend.
Apparently he filed another suit against this guy just days before his own questionable death. Coincidence? Maybe, but doubtful. The only thing that makes me wonder is the suicide note...that is if he was the one who wrote it.
Yes, there are murders that are made to look like suicides. Cases where someone was drugged or knocked out and then shot in the head or mouth and small town cops drop the ball from faulty investigations, or where there is no actual proof.
Colonal Sabow, for example was assassinated in just such a way the day he was going to blow the whistle on members of his Marine group for smuggling cocaine into the air base where he commanded. Knocked out, and then shot in the mouth with a shotgun.
It was a cover up by the guilty parties.
And yes,Oklahoma has a poor track record in murder investigations. I know that to be a fact from living here, and keeping abreast of the news.
(scroll down to the bottom)
http://www.franksreelreviews.com/shorttakes/p...
Hugs to you too :)
Constance
That was very interesting to say the least.
Ya, I don't trust the boy friend ????
He took pictures of her after she was dead ? Really ? Not right.
The autopsy ?? Looks like 7 of the one pill ? That wouldn't kill you, not that pill, not 7 of them. Even with the other one it wouldn't have killed her. Just a long sleep.
Vomit was found ? Maybe she choked in her sleep, but no petecia in the eyes ?
You know, someone could kill me and get away with it big time.
My depression, all the pills I take ?
No one would question it. Just like Dana.
Constance

AOL

#11 May 13, 2010
cody wrote:
<quoted text>
That was very interesting to say the least.
Ya, I don't trust the boy friend ????
He took pictures of her after she was dead ? Really ? Not right.
The autopsy ?? Looks like 7 of the one pill ? That wouldn't kill you, not that pill, not 7 of them. Even with the other one it wouldn't have killed her. Just a long sleep.
Vomit was found ? Maybe she choked in her sleep, but no petecia in the eyes ?
You know, someone could kill me and get away with it big time.
My depression, all the pills I take ?
No one would question it. Just like Dana.
I don't know who'd want to...you're too cute and sweet :) But, all that aside, I have been thinking you need to hide the fact from daughter and son that you've been posting here. Kids are just a little bit too smart for their own good.... or ours sometimes.

Constance

“Swimming With Ignorant Sharks”

Since: Apr 10

Oklahoma

#12 May 14, 2010
cody wrote:
<quoted text>
Give me a break. Ya, I know there's a ton of bad things happening out there.
It's still sad.
Maybe but one doesn't have to look very far for sad.

Do you think any of these C list celebrities would give a half a shit if you were rubbed out? A listers as well?

Find something worthwhile to concern yourselves.
Constance

AOL

#13 May 14, 2010
Faith Healer wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe but one doesn't have to look very far for sad.
Do you think any of these C list celebrities would give a half a shit if you were rubbed out? A listers as well?
Find something worthwhile to concern yourselves.
Hey Terri..
I guess we better do what he says. He might have a gun.

“Taste the Rainbow”

Since: Jul 08

Houston, TX

#14 May 14, 2010
How sad for this young man's family

“Swimming With Ignorant Sharks”

Since: Apr 10

Oklahoma

#15 May 14, 2010
Constance wrote:
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Hey Terri..
I guess we better do what he says. He might have a gun.
But then I'd be a celebrity to you...
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#16 May 15, 2010
Faith Healer wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe but one doesn't have to look very far for sad.
Do you think any of these C list celebrities would give a half a shit if you were rubbed out? A listers as well?
Find something worthwhile to concern yourselves.
It has nothing to do with the fact they are famous. It's still sad.
If the guy down the street killed himself - I don't even know him, it would still be sad.
I will concern myself with what I like thank you.
I don't wish to argue with you.
So, go concern yourself with fellow........whoevers.
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#17 May 15, 2010
Faith Healer wrote:
<quoted text>
But then I'd be a celebrity to you...
No, not a celebrity, but a dissapointment, concidering your name on here.
So, enough thank you.
cody

New Baltimore, MI

#18 May 15, 2010
Constance wrote:
<quoted text>
I don't know who'd want to...you're too cute and sweet :) But, all that aside, I have been thinking you need to hide the fact from daughter and son that you've been posting here. Kids are just a little bit too smart for their own good.... or ours sometimes.
Constance
They dont know where I post.
If they read it ?
Well, maybe they'll give me a break ?? LOL !!
Constance

AOL

#19 May 15, 2010
cody wrote:
<quoted text>
They dont know where I post.
If they read it ?
Well, maybe they'll give me a break ?? LOL !!
LOL! On this post and the other's too. Well said!

“Swimming With Ignorant Sharks”

Since: Apr 10

Oklahoma

#20 May 15, 2010
cody wrote:
<quoted text>
It has nothing to do with the fact they are famous. It's still sad.
If the guy down the street killed himself - I don't even know him, it would still be sad.
I will concern myself with what I like thank you.
I don't wish to argue with you.
So, go concern yourself with fellow........whoevers.
How many other run of the mill like you Americans that died an early, violent or accidental death have you written about or even gave a second thought about?

Cody and Constance..celeb death watch duo....phony BS! Wake up!

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