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After struggling with addiction and financial woes most of her adult life, TV actress Dana Plato took her own life in May 1999 -- and now, tragically, nearly 11 years to the day after his mother's death, Plato's son Tyler Lambert has committed suicide on May 6, dying of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 25.
The National Enquirer reports that Plato's son suffered from drug addiction and depression, and that the anniversary of his mother's death was always the hardest time for him. His grief has been in the news before: four years ago, Lambert filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against his mother's former fiance, claiming that he didn't act quickly enough to prevent her death.
Lambert's tragic end is a sad echo of Plato's. Best known for playing teenager Kimberly Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes, Plato was the epitome of a child star gone wrong: she struggled with drug and alcohol addiction, lost all her money, starred in semi-pornographic films, and was even arrested for armed robbery. In 1999, one day after being harassed by callers during an appearance on The Howard Stern Show, Plato overdosed on prescription drugs outside her mother's house. She was 34 years old.
Sadly, it's not uncommon for suicides to occur more than once in the same family. If you know someone who might be at risk, visit the American Association of Suicidology website for help and resources.
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