RAHMAN, KHALEDA AT 7:01 A.M. EDT ON MAY 30TH, 21
Seven people are thought dead when a small plane crashed into a Tennessee lake on Saturday, including notorious Christian diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Cessna C501 crashed into Percy Priest Lake in Smyrna after taking off from a neighbouring airport about 11 a.m. (FAA).
The cause of the crash, which is still being investigated, was not immediately known.
Authorities confirmed at a press conference on Saturday evening that all seven individuals on board the jet, including Shamblin Lara and her husband, are presumed to have died in the crash. William J. Lara, Brandon Hannah, David L. Martin, Jennifer J. Martin, Jessica Walters, and Jonathan Walters were the others.
They were all members of the Remnant Fellowship Church, which was founded by Shamblin Lara and came out of The Weigh Down Workshop, a Christian diet programme.
Lara’s daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, sent a letter to Remnant families, stating the plane “had to go down for a controlled, rapid landing” with her mother and husband on board, according to NewsChannel5.
Hannah, who was not on the plane, reportedly said in the message, “More information to follow, but be in prayer—and be at peace.” “GOD IS IN CONTROL, AND WE WILL NOT STOP DOING WHAT GOD DESIRES FOR THIS CHURCH.”
The Cessna C501 was registered to JL&GL Productions LP, a partnership founded by Shamblin Lara and her husband, according to the station.
The couple discuss how religion affects all part of their lives in a trailer for the YouTube series “Life with Gwen & Joe.” It also reveals that Joe Lara was a pilot who frequently flew the couple throughout the country.
Shamblin Lara “spent every waking hour on behalf of others—and then is often up in the middle of the night praying for wisdom and guidance from the Heavens,” according to the Remnant Fellowship Church’s website. Her charitable activity, which includes counselling people and developing a programme to help offenders in various states, is detailed on her website.
According to NewsChannel5, Shamblin Lara’s for-profit religious weight loss programme has been contentious for a long time.
She once claimed that looking at the suffering of Jews in Nazi concentration camps in Germany gave her proof that genetics aren’t a factor in weight loss. “How did you get all these people to grow so slim during the Holocaust? They ate fewer calories “In the late 1990s, she told CNN’s Larry King.
When confronted about her opulent lifestyle, she denied the program’s for-profit aspect, claiming that half of the money “goes to the government, the other half goes to keep it going so someone else can be helped.”