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Dana Plato’s Son Tyler Lambert Killed Himself Earlier this Month

Posted in Deaths with tags , , , , , , , , on May 31, 2010 by Ro

I don’t mean for this to be the death blog, but I decided to post this in the aftermath of Gary Coleman’s death.

Tyler Lambert, the son of “Diff’rent Strokes” star Dana Plato, committed suicide earlier this month on May 6 – just two days before the 11th anniversary of his mother’s intentionally fatal drug overdose. Lambert, 25, died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head.

Dana Plato was married to musician Lanny Lambert and gave birth to Tyler in 1985. After the couple divorced, Lambert was given full custody of Tyler. As an adult, Tyler had been working as a cameraman and a songwriter.

Tyler’s grandmother mentioned that his sudden suicide could be because he never fully dealt with his mother’s death, and that he had been experimenting with alcohol and drugs.

Shortly after Plato’s death, I saw Tyler Lambert and Gary Coleman together on a TV news show. Coleman appeared so sincere in his condolences to Tyler, it made me realize what a big heart Gary Coleman had. I searched for the video to post but couldn’t find it. If anyone has it, please shoot me an email at