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Old 03-13-2006, 09:10 PM   #1
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Ex-Game Show Host, Wife Die in Plane Crash

By DAISY NGUYEN, Associated Press

SANTA MONICA, Calif. - A former TV game show host and his wife were killed Monday morning when their small plane crashed into Santa Monica Bay, authorities said. Rescue crews were searching for a third person also aboard the plane.

The bodies of Peter Tomarken, 63, host of the hit 1980s game show "Press Your Luck," and his wife, Kathleen Abigail Tomarken, 41, were identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

The plane was on its way to San Diego to ferry a medical patient to the UCLA Medical Center, said Doug Griffith, a spokesman for Angel Flight West, a nonprofit which provides free air transportation for needy patients.

Griffith said the pilot was a volunteer for the group. According to the FAA, the plane was registered to Tomarken and he was the pilot.

The plane apparently had engine trouble and was headed back to Santa Monica Airport, located about two miles inland, but went down about 9:35 a.m. just off shore, said
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

Rescue boats and divers searching for the third person believed to be aboard the plane were clustered about a half-mile southwest of the Santa Monica Pier where the plane went down in about 19 feet of water.

Luis Garr said he didn't hear the engine but heard the splash as the plane "kind of landed into the water."

"It's a big splash, a huge splash. ... Then it started going down," Garr said. "The wings were still floating so I was, `Get out! Get out!' because the door was still available to get out and nobody came out. So the plane kept going down, down, down."

Tomarken's death was first reported by "Entertainment Tonight."

"Press Your Luck" was known for contestants shouting the slogan "Big bucks! No whammies!"

Tomarken's agent, Fred Wostbrock, said his client's first game show was "Hit Man!," which ran 13 weeks on NBC, followed by the four-year hit "Press Your Luck" on CBS. He also was on "Bargain Hunters," "Wipe-Out" and "Paranoia."

"He was always a fun guy to be around, and he just loved the genre of game shows," Wostbrock said.
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His death is total shock and really Really hard to believe that he's gone. Can remember watching "Press Your Luck" when I was younger. Always loved those Whammies.
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I saw this on the news tonite but I don't remember him or the game show! How sad they were apparently transporting a medical patient as well? Very sad news.
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I was a big fan of that show.

Press Your Luck was a staple of the 1980s

Anyone remember the expose they had about the guy who figured out the "randomness" of the big board and won A LOT of cash and prizes?
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I still watching Press Your Luck.
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i always liked that show
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I saw this on the news tonite but I don't remember him or the game show! How sad they were apparently transporting a medical patient as well? Very sad news.
Yes they were in the middle of transporting a patient. Apparently he was a volunteer pilot for the program. All of this is just tragic.
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AP updated the story - apparently the crash occured while they were on the way to pick up the medical patient, so the patient had not boarded the plane yet

http://entertainment.msn.com/tv/arti...18489&GT1=7703

I enjoyed that game show too
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Oh ok than the article was wrong with that part last night. Explains why they couldn't locate the 3rd body.
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i always liked that show
Oh god!! That's him? I kept trying to picture who the heck he was.


Googling him probably would have helped.
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Press you Luck always reminds me of watching TV when you were home sick from school! That and the price is right.

That's so sad.
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I was sad to hear the news. That was (and still is) an entertaining show.
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Press you Luck always reminds me of watching TV when you were home sick from school! That and the price is right.

Whammies always made my tummy ache go away
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