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Tarzan Star Joe Lara Dies Aged 58 in Tennessee Plane Crash |  Ents & Arts News

Actor Joe Lara – best known for starring in the Tarzan: The Epic Adventures television series – was killed in a plane crash in Tennessee.

The star, 58, was one of seven people to die when a small plane crashed into a lake near the city of Smyrna.

His wife, Gwen Shamblin Lara, who founded a church in 1999, was also among the dead.

On Sunday, investigators continued to search for the bodies of the victims.

Captain John Ingle, of Rutherford County Fire Rescue, said recovery efforts are underway at Percy Priest Lake and are focused on an area half a mile wide.

Lara first appeared as the hero created by Edgar Rice Burroughs in the TV movie Tarzan In Manhattan before returning to the role in the follow-up TV series.

He left the theater in 2002 to pursue a career in country music.

His wife, 66, founded Remnant Fellowship Church in Brentwood in 1999 and has written a book on faith-based weight loss.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna C501 was heading from nearby Smyrna Rutherford County Airport to Palm Beach International Airport when it crashed on Saturday.

Smyrna is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Nashville.

“With dive crews in the water, we strongly urge civilian boaters to stay away from public safety boats,” Ingle said.

The National Transportation Safety Board had a senior investigator at the site.

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