Dana Plato


Is Dana Plato Dead or Still Alive? Dana Plato Birthday and Date of Death

Dana Plato

Dana Plato Death

Dana passed away on May 8, 1999 at the age of 34 in Moore, Oklahoma, USA. Dana's cause of death was drug overdose.

Dana Plato death quick facts:
  • When did Dana Plato die?

    May 8, 1999
  • How did Dana Plato die? What was the cause of death?

    Drug overdose
  • How old was Dana Plato when died?

  • Where did Dana Plato die? What was the location of death?

    Moore, Oklahoma, USA

Dana Plato Birthday and Date of Death

Dana Plato was born on November 7, 1964 and died on May 8, 1999. Dana was 34 years old at the time of death.

Birthday: November 7, 1964
Date of Death: May 8, 1999
Age at Death: 34

Is Dana Plato's father, Dean Plato, dead or alive?

Dean Plato's information is not available now.

Is Dana Plato's mother, Florine 'Kay' Plato, dead or alive?

Florine 'Kay' Plato's information is not available now.

Dana Plato - Biography

Dana Michelle Plato was an American actress, notable for playing the role of Kimberly Drummond on 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 also did voice-over work. At age 34, after years of struggling with poverty and substance abuse, Plato died from an overdose of prescription drugs.
In December 1983, Plato moved in with her boyfriend, rock guitarist Lanny Lambert. The couple married on April 24, 1984, and their only child, Tyler Edward Lambert, was born on July 2, 1984. When it was revealed that she was pregnant, she was written off Diff'rent Strokes. Her co-star Conrad Bain had revealed that she was happy about her baby, and that she would no longer be alone. Bain stated in an interview with People: "She deliberately got pregnant while doing the series, when I spoke to her about it, she was enthusiastic about having done that. ... When I get the baby, I will never be alone again."

Plato separated from Lambert in January 1988, the same week her mother died of scleroderma. In desperation over these traumatic events, she signed over power of attorney to an accountant who disappeared with the majority of her money, leaving her with no more than $150,000. She claimed the accountant was never found nor prosecuted, despite an exhaustive search, and that he had also stolen more than $11 million of other people's money. During her March 1990 divorce, Plato lost custody of her son to Lambert and was given visitation rights.
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. Later on in the visit, Plato revealed that she felt unwell, and took a few doses of painkiller Lortab, along with the muscle-relaxant Soma, and went to lie down inside her Winnebago motor home with Menchaca, which was parked outside the house. Upon waking up, Menchaca and their family discovered that Plato had passed away, which they later found out was due to an accidental overdose, which was later ruled a suicide based on Plato's long history of drug abuse.