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Dana Plato's Son

Files Wrongful Death Suit

9/12/2006 5:59 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

dana-plato-retna-2NBC recently revisited one of television's most popular comedy series -- "Diff'rent Strokes" -- with a TV movie that went behind the scenes and tackled the reality of child stardom. But now a new battle is brewing with one of the show's former child stars Dana Plato. Her son Tyler Lambert, 21, has targeted Dana's fiancé in a wrongful death lawsuit. 

On May 5, Lambert filed a complaint in Clark County, Nev. against Robert Menchaca. That date happens to be three days before the seventh anniversary of Plato's death. Plato, who played good girl Kimberly Drummond, died from a drug overdose on May 8, 1999.

TMZ obtained the partially handwritten court documents by Lambert claiming Menchaca could have prevented the death of his mother, "by giving immediate medical assistance or contacting medical personal or emergency personal"

The suit seeks more than $20,000 in damages.

TMZ reached out to Tyler Lambert, but our calls were not immediately returned.


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He was obviously depressed ---AND if you are young and taking drugs for depression, a lot of people end up committing suicide.

This poor kid put his mother's ashes in with his ink in tattoos with her name on it.

He obviously was minus a lot of love at home.

Instead of bashing someone for trying to defend his mom (a few years ago) you should have had some sympathy.

Child starts (with the exception of Who's the Boss' kids) are not taken care of --they are used and abused and most of them end up with huge problems.

Also, both deaths occurred in Oklahoma....not Nevada or wherever.

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Words cannot express how bad I feel for this poor child. I just found out he committed suicide. I hope the commenters on this page and elsewhere are pleased with themselves because after all, if his life didn't suck enough, he had all of them to cheer him up.

No matter how someone lost a parent at the age of 14, it's horrible. I'll bet all you *******s still have your parents.

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