In 1999, former child actress Dana Plato committed suicide at the age of 34. It was the culmination of a tumultuous life that went from starring in a popular weekly television series to robbing a video store and forging a prescription for Valium. The day before her suicide, an upbeat Plato appeared on The Howard Stern Radio Show and happily subjected herself to a barrage of personal questions about her past.
On May 6, 2010, Plato’s 25-year-old son Tyler Lambert died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. A frequent drug and alcohol abuser, Lambert’s suicide came two days shy of the eleventh anniversary of his mother’s death.
Diff’rent Strokes for Diff’rent Folks…some eat drugs, some eat bullets. At least they are together for all eternity now.
Things like this always feel so eerie. This is so like Sylvia Plath’s son who also committed suicide like her. Poor Tyler Lambert. He clearly had a troubled life that probably started while he was growing up, what with his mom’s “tumultuous” life and all.