A man named in a lawsuit alongside U.S. TV host Jay Leno over a stolen vintage car has committed suicide.
Dennis Ricca shot himself in the head days after the estate of an heir to the famous U.S. department store MACy's filed a lawsuit 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 is believed to have purchased the second car and "knowingly participated in certain unlawful purported auctions and sales", reports TMZ.com.
A source tells the New York Post the lawsuit led him to take his own life.