Man in Jay Leno Suit Kills Self

A Manhattan parking-garage exec killed himself just days after he and "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno were sued for allegedly swindling an elderly Macy's heir out of two pricey cars, The Post has learned.

Dennis Ricca, 55, shot himself in the head with his registered 9 mm pistol last Friday while sitting in a pickup truck outside his Greenwood Lake retreat in upstate Orange County, a law-enforcement source said.

The tragedy came a day after The Post and other media reported the Oct. 14 suit by the family of late Macy's heir John Straus.

"That did it to him," a mourner said yesterday at Ricca's wake, referring to the suit and the publicity it generated.

The Manhattan Supreme Court filing claims that Ricca, top execs at Garage Management Corp. and their affiliates — along with Leno — "knowingly participated in certain unlawful purported auctions and sales of" Straus' two cars.

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