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Son of tragic Plato commits suicide

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May 12, 2010 | 6:15am EDT

Tyler Lambert, who had a history of substance abuse and depression, died last Friday (07May10) after embarking on a drugs binge before putting a shotgun in his mouth and pulling the trigger.

He had spiralled into a bout of depression as the anniversary of his mum's death loomed on the same weekend as Americans prepared to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday (09May10), and detailed his heartache in a suicide note.

Lambert lost his actress mum to a drug overdose almost 11 years to the day, on 8 May, 1999.

Officials at the medical examiner's office in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma confirmed his death was a "Suicide by a gunshot to the head", reports the National Enquirer.

His grandmother Joni Richardson tells the publication, "Tyler wanted to be with his mother. His father Lanny (Lambert, Plato's ex-husband) is devastated."

Plato starred as Kimberly Drummond in the hit 1980s TV sitcom, which catapulted her co-star Gary Coleman to fame.

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