Late great Walter Matthau's family are grieving again after the drug death of the star's stepdaughter.

LUCY SAROYAN, the only daughter of Matthau's widow CAROL, has died from cirrhosis of the liver and hepatitis C - just three years after the beloved funnyman she called dad passed away following a heart attack.

Matthau's son CHARLIE says, "Lucy was never able to quit taking drugs. Drugs have ruined so many lives and she's another one.

"Lucy had so much potential to live a good life. Her death is a huge blow."

Lucy, 57, is the daughter of PULITZER PRIZE-winning author WILLIAM SAROYAN.

06/06/2003 02:17