Almost 11 years to the day that Dana Plato committed suicide by overdosing on painkillers at the age of 34, her son Tyler Lambert committed suicide. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in Kellyville, Oklahoma. Dana Plato died on May 9, 1999, and her son Tyler died on May 6, 2010. He was 25.
Lambert’s grandmother (Plato’s former mother-in-law) Joni Richardson said that “Tyler wanted to be with his mother,” according to the National Enquirer. “His father Lanny is devastated.” His body is to be cremated and no memorial is being planned. Tyler was a cameraman and aspiring songwriter. Richardson also told people.com “It’s a shame that such a talented human being would do this with his life,” and “He had all the opportunities in the world and we just can’t understand it,” she added. “Our lives have just been wrapped around him. … It’s just devastating.”