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Dana Plato was a child actress on the television show Diff'rent Strokes. She fell into drug addiction and died of an overdose in 1999.
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Best-known for playing Kimberly Drummond on "Diff'rent Strokes" as a teenager, Dana Plato was fired from the show and struggled with drugs and alcohol. She died of an overdose at the age of 35.
In February of 1991, Dana Plato made headlines when she stepped into a Las Vegas video store and robbed the cashier.
Dana Plato was just 19 years old when she gave birth to her son.
At the height of her fame, Dana Plato was making nearly 25 thousand dollars a week on "Different Strokes." But behind the scenes, her life was quietly spiraling out of control.
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She was let off easy, facing no jail time and only five years of probation. Plato violated the terms of her probation, however, by forging prescriptions for Valium. The judge sentenced Plato to 30 days in jail, followed by a drug rehab program.
But rehab didn't take for Plato, who died of an overdose on May 8, 1999, at age 34. She was found dead in her RV, which she shared with fiancee Robert Menchaca,
during a visit with family in Oklahoma. Her death was later ruled a suicide. Plato's son Tyler met a similar end on May 6, 2010, when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, also in Oklahoma. The 25-year-old was said to have been experimenting with drugs and alcohol at the time of his death.
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