LATEST: U.S. TV host Jay Leno has sent his condolences to the family of DENNIS RICCA, who committed suicide after he was named in a lawsuit alongside the star.
Ricca, a parking garage executive, shot himself in the head days after the estate of an heir to the famous U.S. department store MACy's filed legal papers against him and Leno.
John Strauss' estate was suing the pair after two of Strauss' vintage cars were allegedly unlawfully sold at an auction in 2005.
According to a lawsuit filed by the estate last week (14Oct08) at New York's Supreme Court, Leno - host of America's The Tonight Show - purchased one of the cars at the auction.
Ricca was said to have purchased the second car and "knowingly participated in certain unlawful purported auctions and sales".
On hearing of Ricca's apparent suicide, Leno tells the New York Post, "I'm saddened to hear of such a terrible tragedy - (I offer) my deep condolences to his family."