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‘Tarzan’ actor Joe Lara, 58, has died in a plane crash


Joe Lara, the actor best-known for playing Tarzan in the TV series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, has died in a plane crash at the age of 58 in Tennessee this weekend. 

The actor was one of seven passengers, including his 66-year-old wife Gwen Shamblin Lara, who died when a small jet crashed into Percy Priest Lake just outside of Smyrna, Tennessee on May 29th.

It is believed that the flight was part of a religious excursion as all victims were members of the church. The other causalities have been named Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters and Brandon Hannah.

As of yet, no cause behind the crash has been discerned as investigations continue and recovery attempts are made. 

Throughout his career, Lara also starred in Steel FrontierSunset HeatGunsmoke: The Last ApacheAmerican Cyborg: Steel WarriorThe Magnificent SevenBaywatch and Tropical Heat. Frequently reprising action roles, befitting of his full-throttle performances. Tarzan: The Epic Adventures was an international hit broadcasting in many regions around the world.

Lara has not starred in an acting role since he quit the profession in 2002 to pursue a career in country music as well as frequently appearing on a YouTube channel with his wife called Life With Gwen and Joe.

The pair are survived by two children from Gwen’s first marriage.