Peter Tomarken killed in plane crash

A former television game show host and his wife were killed Monday when their light plane crashed in the ocean off the coastal suburb of Santa Monica.

Peter Tomarken, 63, host of the 1980s series Press Your Luck, and his wife, Kathleen, had just taken off in their Beechcraft at about 9:45 a.m. PST when the engine failed and the plane went down near Santa Monica Pier before horrified onlookers.

The Tomarkens reported engine trouble soon after takeoff, according to federal officials. A rescue boat was quickly on scene, and the bodies were recovered. There were no other people on board.

They were headed to San Diego, about 130 miles south of Los Angeles, to bring back a cancer patient for treatment.

Press Your Luck, noted for the dreaded word "whammy," ran on CBS from 1983 to 1986. If a "whammy" appeared, the contestant would lose all their money and prizes. Contestants would shout out "big bucks, no whammies" each time they spun the wheel to win cash and prizes, according to a statement from game show cable channel GSN.

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