CHRISTIAN diet guru Gwen Shamblin Lara is among seven passengers "presumed dead" after the Christian weight loss guru's private jet crashed into a Tennessee lake, reports say.
Officials released the names of all seven people they believe were aboard the small plane when the plane crashed into the water in Smyrna on Saturday morning.
The victims are believed to be William J. Lara, Gwen S. Lara, Jennifer J. Martin, David L. Martin, Jessica Walters, Jonathan Walters, and Brandon Hannah, according to the statement.
"All indications are that a total of seven people were on board," a release from Rutherford County officials said. All are presumed dead, the statement said.
Shamblin Lara founded the Remnant Fellowship Church in 1999 and is the author of The Weigh Down Diet.
Shamblin Lara's daughter, Elizabeth Hannah, reportedly sent out a text message to Remnant church members asking for prayers.
She said that the plane had to go down "for a controlled, quick landing," according to the outlet.
Hannah also said that the Laras were on the plane with other church leaders: the Martins, the Walters, and her own husband, Brandon.
"More information to come, but be in prayer — and be at peace," Hannah's message continues.
"GOD IS IN CONTROL, and we will not stop moving forward with WHAT GOD WANTS with this church."
In a statement to The Sun, the Remnant Fellowship Church said the families were still awaiting word from the authorities on Saturday evening.
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