Actress’s Son Ends Life After Struggling with Addiction, Depression

Actress’s Son Ends Life After Struggling with Addiction, Depression

The son of “Diff’rent Strokes” actress Dana Plato has committed suicide at age 25, almost 11 years to the day after his mother took her own life in May 1999. Tyler Lambert is said to have suffered from drug addiction and depression, and the anniversary of his mother’s dead was always the hardest time for him. Four years ago, Lambert filed a wrongful death lawsuit against his mother’s former fiancé, claiming that he didn’t act quickly enough to prevent her death.

Lambert’s tragic end is a sad echo of his mother’s. Best known for playing teenager Kimberly Drummond on “Diff’rent Strokes,” Plato 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.

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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