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Leno Lawsuit Triggers Suicide

10/23/2008 10:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jay LenoA man sued along with Jay Leno over a car dealer has killed himself.

Dennis Ricca shot himself in the head, according to the New York Post, days after a Macy's heir filed a lawsuit claiming Ricca, Leno and others "knowingly participated in certain unlawful purported auctions and sales" of two cars owned by the heir. Leno got one of the vehicles -- a 1931 Duesenberg, worth $1.2 mil. Ricca got the Rolls valued at half a mil.

A mourner told The Post, "That did it to him," referring to the lawsuit.

John Straus, the Macy's heir, claims he kept the cars in a garage managed by Ricca's company. Straus was $20,000 behind in storage fees but says he paid the money. Nevertheless, according to the suit, the garage unlawfully auctioned off the car.

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Goldie Hand    

i'm sure that wasn't his only issue. Suicide, what a wimpy way to go

2158 days ago
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Big Mr. P    

Friends - a big election day is coming shortly. Please keep in mind the honor and dignity of our troops, those who were lost in battle and 9/11 and our families. We cannot turn over the controls of this country to a Marxist Socialist tax and spender like Barack Hussein Obama. He will punish this country and tax achievement into oblivion. We also don't need anymore Socialist judges on the supreme court. Vote McCain/Palin and vote Yes on Prop 8 in California.

2158 days ago
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Big Mr. P    

Do you want Hussein Obama nominating judges to the Supreme Court. That scares the heck out of me. Do you want Hussein Obama in charge of the Nuclear Football. That scares me more. Vote McCain/Palin on Nov 4th and Yes on Prop if you are in California.

2158 days ago
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justsaying    

It's never about the car.

2158 days ago
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Shaylee    

Yeah, he probably did have other issues and this was just the straw that broke the camels back. Sad.

2158 days ago
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justsaying    

LISTEN UP NO.2. It's apparent to me that you don't know what the heck is going on in this country. First, President Bush got 800 billion dollars to lend to banks so that they can lend money to others. That loan, in effect, has made the U.S. Government owners of the Banks. That, my friend, is called Socialism.Secondly, with the loss of jobs in this country occuring in the tens of thousands every day because of Bush, the last thing on your mind should be taxes. NO JOB.....NO TAXES. YOU CAN'T TAX NOTHING!!!! SO STOP DISSING OBAMA. HE DIDN'T CAUSE THIS PROBLEM. BUSH DID!! BUT THANKS TO OBAMA, WE WILL GET THIS TRAIN BACK ON THE TRACKS. YOU IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2158 days ago
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Jane    

How 'bout we try to keep message boards on topic. Take your political posts elsewhere.

2158 days ago
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My2Cents    

Oh, and another thing Mr. P: Do you know what happened to McCain's 1st wife???

WHile he was a POW, she stood by him, waiting for him for years to be released. Not knowing if he would live or be killed.

He was released, he came home. She was in a car accident which paralized her... so he dumped her and married the chippie he's with now.

That speaks volumes of his character. This is something the press is keeping quiet. It was mentioned a while ago, a quick snipet, then they let it die down. Pathetic.

2158 days ago
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Justin is Calling    

What would a Muslim Socialist do?

Would he seize every one of Jay Leno's priceless automobiles and auction them off so poor people could buy a home?

Jay Leno's automobile collection would by most estimates purchase 1,023 median priced homes in California.

Should we nationalize Jay Leno's car collection? Wouldn't that be fair? Let's Spread Jay Leno's Wealth, people!

2158 days ago
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thats right    

these comments have gotten stupid

2158 days ago
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Big Mr. P    

Wow # 8 Me - you are totally misinformed or a Clinton kool aid drinker. This debacle was caused by the Radical group ACORN - associated with Hussein Obama who had Bill Clinton sign into law making it easy for people to get mortgages who could not pay them back. So in reality Hussein Obama has his hands all over this.

2158 days ago
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Wispy Willow    

NO 8 YOU ARE EXACTLY CORRECT ABOUT MCCAIN'S 1ST WIFE. I, TOO, HAVE NOTICED THAT THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN KEPT PRETTY HUSH HUSH. WONDER WHAT ELSE WE SHOULD BE KNOWING ABOUT THIS CANDIDATE!!!!! PROBABLY THINGS THAT WOULD MAKE US ALL CRINGE. AS MOST OF US HAVE LEARNED IN THIS WORLD IS THAT MONEY TALKS AND B---S--T WALKS.

2158 days ago
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tardyness becomes you    

The reason he committed suicide is because of revenge (sweet?). My friend nearly was killed by a drunk driver and the drunkard was being sued, so he killed himself. The dumb prick. He is in hell. My friend will be in pain and agony for the rest of his life and the money he got (measly 100,000 dollars) would not be able to pay for 1 week of his hospital stay.

2158 days ago
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Justin is Calling    

You guys are right, its time to get every divorced person out of congress!

I, John Edwards, was the 2004 Vice Presidential Candidate, the 2008 Presidential Candidate, and I have been in love with the same woman for thirty years.

I have never been divorced! Vote for me!

2158 days ago
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Big Mr. P    

Forget about McCain's first wife. Doesn't matter. What about Hussein's ties to Bill Ayers, Tony Rezco. What about him sitting in a racist church for 20 years listening to the rantings of a lunatic. Huh, Huh. This is the stuff that matters. What about tying yourself to a radical group like ACORN with voter registration fraud. Huh!! This is what matters.

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