‘Tarzan’ star Joe Lara dies in plane crash –

‘Tarzan’ star Joe Lara dies in plane crash – fr

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LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Joe Lara, star of 1996 “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures”, died Saturday when a small plane crashed into a lake in Tennessee, according to local officials and The Associated Press. He was 58 years old.

His wife, author and founder of a faith-based diet program, Gwen Lara, was also involved in the crash, along with five other people. The Associated Press reported that authorities at the scene said there were no survivors in the crash.

“Our efforts have shifted from a rescue effort to a recovery effort,” Rutherford County Rescue Captain Joshua Sanders said at a press conference. “We are no longer … looking for living victims at this point.”

The small plane, a Cessna C501, crashed into Percy Priest Lake near Smyrna, Tennessee, after taking off around 11 a.m. on Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement to the Associated Press. The plane was heading for Palm Beach International Airport in Florida.

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Born in San Diego, California on October 2, 1962, Lara is best known for playing the character of Tarzan in the 1989 CBS TV movie “Tarzan in Manhattan” and its follow-up spinoff series, “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures” from 1996 to 1997. Lara’s other credits include the action films “American Cyborg: Steel Warrior” (1993), “Steel Frontier” (1995), “Warhead” (1996), “Armstrong” (1998) and “Doomsdayer” ( 2000). He switched from theater to country music in the early 2000s, releasing the album “Joe Lara: The Cry of Freedom” in 2009.

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He and Gwen Lara, who founded the Weigh Down Workshop faith-based diet program and the Remnant Fellowship Church, were married in 2018. They lived in Brentwood, Tenn. Survivors include Lara’s daughter, Liana.


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