Joe Lara, the actor who played Tarzan in 1996’s Tarzan: The Epic Adventures series, died at 58 in a plane crash on Saturday, May 29, according to BBC News.
He and his wife Gwen Shamblin Lara were among the 7 passengers killed when a small jet crashed into Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna, Tennessee.
On Sunday, May 30, the Rutherford County Fire Rescue posted on Twitter photos and updates on the dive team’s search and rescue operations.
The search and rescue quickly became a recovery operation, after finding “several components of the aircraft as well as human remains” in a debris field.
They released the names of all passengers on board, which included Gwen’s son-in-law, Brandon Hannah, and two couples, Jennifer and David Martin and Jessica and Jonathan Walters.
On Tuesday, June 1 (Philippine time), local authorities said that they recovered both engines and the remains of four males and three females.
Officials said that the Laras’ Cessna C501 plane crashed at around 11 am on Saturday, shortly after taking off from Smyrna airport on its way to Palm Beach, Florida. Percy Priest Lake is located 12 miles south of Nashville.
Joe Lara played Tarzan in Tarzan in Manhattan (1989), the film before the series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures. He stopped acting in 2002 to pursue a country music singing career. He released a music album in 2009, Joe Lara: The Cry of Freedom.
His wife, dietician Gwen Lara, is the founder of Christian faith-based diet program called Weigh Down Ministries, which was founded in 1986. She is also the author of The Weight Down Diet. – Rappler.com