Disturbing detail in Tarzan star’s death

Troubling new details have emerged in the plane crash death of an actor famed for playing Tarzan and his diet guru wife.

Tarzan star Joe Lara is among those presumed dead after a private jet crashed into a Tennessee lake, according to reports.

And in a disturbing update, it’s reported that nobody on board was licensed to fly the private jet that crashed into a Tennessee lake.

The actor, 58, was said to have been travelling on the Cessna 501 with his diet guru wife Gwen Shamblin Lara when the plane plunged into Percy Priest Lake, TMZ has said.

Joe, who starred in Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, had reportedly boarded the flight to Palm Beach, Florida, with Gwen and five others at Smyrna Airport near Nashville.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration website, no one on board had a license to fly the plane, The Tennessean reports.

Human remains and plane debris have since been recovered from the wreckage site following the crash on Saturday morning.

Air traffic control data reveals that the plane started to drop after just 90 seconds in the air.

The pilot turned the aircraft shortly after receiving advice from air traffic control.

A noise, potentially an alarm, could be heard going off from inside the cockpit, News Channel 5 reports.

The jet regained some altitude before plummeting into the water.

It’s reported that the private jet plunged 2,900 feet in less than two minutes.

Officials believe those on board were all killed on impact.

“All indications are that a total of seven people were on board,” a release from Rutherford County officials said. ”All are presumed dead.”

The victims are believed to be Joe and Gwen, along with Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah, according to the statement.

Joe – real name William Joseph Lara – played Tarzan in the TV series, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, from 1996 to 1997.

The show, which only ran for one season, focused on the character of Tarzan in his younger years.

Joe had previously taken the lead role in the television movie Tarzan In Manhattan.

The actor, who was also a martial artist, also appeared in the 1993 film American Cyborg: Steel Warrior and follow up flick Steel Frontier in 1995.

In more recent years, Joe – who has a daughter with his former fiancee Natasha Pavlovich – ditched acting in favour of country music.

He married Christian author and pastor Gwen in 2018. Gwen founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999 and is the author of The Weigh Down Diet.

Gwen‘s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, reportedly sent out a text message to Remnant church members asking for prayers following news of the crash.

She said that the plane had to go down “for a controlled, quick landing,” according to WTVF.

Along with Elizabeth‘s mother, the Martins and the Walters were church leaders. Brandon Hannah is Elizabeth’s husband.

In a statement to The Sun, the Remnant Fellowship Church said the families were still awaiting word from the authorities on Saturday evening.

The Shamblins, Hannahs, and Laras appreciate your concern, support and prayers,“ the statement said. ”The families are awaiting details from the authorities.

“The families will share details at the appropriate time.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission.

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