DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Dana Plato (aged 34)
Dana Michelle Plato (born Dana Michelle Strain; November 7, 1964 – May 8, 1999) was an American actress who played the role of Kimberly Drummondon the U.S. television sitcom Diff’rent Strokes, from 1978 to 1986. After leaving the cast of Diff’rent Strokes, Plato attempted to establish herself as a working actress, with mixed success: she worked sporadically in made-for-TV movies and in independent films, and did voice-over work.
DEATH: On May 8, 1999, Plato and Menchaca were returning to California and stopped at Menchaca’s mother’s home in Moore, Oklahoma for a Mother’s Day visit.Plato went to lie down inside her Winnebago motor home parked outside the house, where she died of an overdose of the painkiller Lortab and the muscle-relaxant Soma. Her death subsequently was ruled a suicide. Her body was cremated and her ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean.