Todd Bridges Remembers Late 'Diff'rent Strokes' Co-Star Dana Plato on Her Birthday
Todd Bridges remembers his friend and “Diff'rent Strokes" co-star Dana Plato on what would have been her 55th birthday with a heartfelt tribute.
It has been 20 years since the world said goodbye to actress Dana Plato, but her loved ones still remember her fondly, one of which is her “Diff'rent Strokes" co-star Todd Bridges
Todd, who is the last surviving star of the 1980s sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes," shared a picture of Dana with the caption:
'You were the one person I could always talk to. You were one of my best friends. I will never forget you and love you forever. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dana Plato R.I.P, you are free, my friend.'
You were the one person i could always talk to. You were one of my best friends. I will never forget you and love you forever. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Dana Plato R.I.P you are free my friend. pic.twitter.com/krjmjStKW7— Todd Bridges (@ToddBridges) November 7, 2019
Todd shared a second tribute, which featured Dana and Gary Coleman posing for a photo. While Dana died in 1999 from an overdose of prescription drugs, Gary died in 2010 due to a subdural hematoma.
Todd paid his respects to his late friends, stating:
'Rip Dana and Gary. I love you guys forever.'
Rip Dana and Gary. I love you guys forever pic.twitter.com/8Oi3CpbGoG— Todd Bridges (@ToddBridges) November 7, 2019
The show focused on Arnold and Willis Jackson, two black inner-city youths who were taken in by a rich white widower, Phillip Drummond, and his daughter, Kimberly. Although the show had an unbeaten eight-year run, the trio experienced difficulties after it ended in 1985.
Dana's life took the worst hit as she developed a drug abuse problem and got eventually arrested in 1991 for robbing a video store at gunpoint.
After her death, which a judge ruled as suicide, Todd revealed that he encouraged her to go to rehab during her drug struggles. However, she didn't answer.
Three years after the end of "Diff'rent Strokes," the actor was reportedly using and selling drugs as an attempt to numb himself from the memory of being molested by his former publicist.Meanwhile, E! Online recalls that Gary, who passed away in May 2010, died two days after suffering a head injury in a fall down the stairs at his home in Utah.
Before his death, the actor engaged in a court battle against his adoptive parents, whom he claimed mismanaged his earnings.
The 42-year-old eventually won a $1.3 million judgment, but that didn't make his life any better, especially after the end of the show.
Irrespective of the battles Gary, Todd, and Dana faced behind-the-scenes, they remained close friends who helped each other as best as they could.