Joe Lara and wife killed in plane crash
Joe Lara, best known for his role in Tarzan: The Epic Adventures on television, perished in a plane crash in Tennessee. He was 58 years old at the time.
On Saturday, the actor was one of seven persons killed when a small plane, a Cessna Citation 501, crashed into Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna. Gwen Shamblin Lara, his 66-year-old wife, was also killed.
Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah are the additional victims. They were all locals who attended the same church.
The plane was flying from Smyrna Airport in Tennessee to Palm Beach International Airport in Florida, roughly 24 miles southeast of Nashville.
“Recovery activities are ongoing on the lake from the Weakley Lane bridge to the Lamar Hill Boat Ramp,” said to John Ingle, captain and incident commander of the fire and rescue crew. “We are requesting that all civilian boats avoid those areas.”
Human remains and parts of the plane have been recovered, according to authorities.
Ingle said Sunday that the debris field is about a half-mile wide.
According to TMZ, emergency crews worked through the night on Saturday before concluding that all of the passengers had died. An inquiry into the reason of the crash is in underway.
While Tarzan was his most well-known role, he also appeared in Steel Frontier, Sunset Heat, Gunsmoke: The Last Apache, American Cyborg: Steel Warrior, The Magnificent Seven, Baywatch, and Tropical Heat.
In 2002, Joe left acting to pursue a career in country music.
Gwen formed the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999 after becoming a diet guru. ‘Life With Gwen And Joe,’ a YouTube channel she and Joe ran, provided fans a glimpse into their lives together.
In 2018, the couple tied the knot. They have two adult children from Gwen’s previous marriage.