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'Tarzan' actor Joe Lara dead at 58 after plane crash in Tennessee

'Tarzan' actor Joe Lara. Picture: Bang Showbiz

'Tarzan' actor Joe Lara. Picture: Bang Showbiz

Published May 31, 2021


Joe Lara has passed away after his plane crashed into a lake near the town of Smyrna.

The actor - who was best known for starring in the TV series “Tarzan: The Epic Adventures'”- was among seven people who died when a small jet crashed into a lake near Smyrna, a town in Tennessee.

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Gwen Lara, the actor's wife, was also on-board the plane and she died in the crash.

The jet was heading from Smyrna Rutherford County Airport to Palm Beach International Airport when the crash occurred, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Human remains and plane debris have been recovered from the wreckage and although a search was launched after the crash, Rutherford County officials subsequently confirmed that all of the people on-board are presumed dead.

In a statement, the officials said: "All indications are that a total of seven people were on board. All are presumed dead."

Joe played the role of Tarzan in the short-lived TV show from 1996 to 1997.

The series only ran for one season and focused on the character of Tazan in his younger years.

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Prior to that, he appeared in the sci-fi movie “American Cyborg: Steel Warrior” and in 1995's “Steel Frontier”.

However, over the last decade, Joe moved away from acting and decided to focus his attention on recording country music.

He married Gwen - a Christian author and pastor - in August 2018. Gwen founded Remnant Fellowship Church in the late 90s and she also wrote a book called “The Weigh Down Diet“.

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The married couple lived together in Brentwood, Tennessee, but Joe also had a daughter with his ex-fiancee, Natasha Pavlovich.

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