Singer Richard Marx helped subdue a violent passenger on an airplane Tuesday. Marx and his wife, former MTV VJ Daisy Fuentes, were flying on Korean Air from Hanoi, Vietnam to Seoul, Korea for a Christmas show Richard is set to perform on Monday, according to Yahoo News.
Both Richard Marx and Daisy Fuentes described the ordeal on their social media accounts, sharing pictures. Fuentes says that Richard was the first to step in after the passenger became violent with the female flight crew, pulling their hair and pushing them. According to her, the flight crew seemed unprepared for the ordeal.
“They never fully got control of him. They didn’t know how to use the taser & they didn’t know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints 3 times).”
Whether or not Richard Marx was the one to finally secure the out of control passenger is unclear, but one photograph does show Marx holding a rope. Marx’s heroics seemed to even surprise his son Brandon, who proudly shared Fuentes’ Instagram, beaming, “My dad is a f***ing hero and I couldn’t be more proud!”
On our flight from Hanoi to Seoul a guy sitting in the next row from us got crazy & started attacking the flight attendants & passengers. When he started pushing the female staff and pulling them by the hair @therichardmarx was the first to help subdue him. This went on for FOUR hrs. I feel horrible for the abuse the staff had to endure but no one was prepared for this. They never fully got control of him. They didn't know how to use the taser & they didn't know how to secure the rope around him (he got loose from their rope restraints 3 times). I'll be posting some of the video after our next flight.
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Marx shared the four-hour long plane ordeal via a series of tweets. His final one shows Richard looking exasperated as other people seemingly appear to be patting Marx on the shoulder with thanks.
Marx also complained about the poor training and preparedness of the flight crew to handle such a situation, tagging Korean Air with the flight number in each post. Korean Air has yet to respond via social media, but both Marx and Fuentes claim to have video of the incident that they will post later. Neither Marx or Fuentes were reported to have been physically harmed. The unruly passenger was eventually arrested.
Richard Marx is a Grammy award winning singer better known for his love songs than his ninja skills. Marx’s career began in the late 1980s with his self-titled album, Richard Marx, which produced four Top 10 hits. Marx earned the distinction of being the first male to reach the Billboard’s Top 3 with four singles from a debut album. Some of Richard Marx’s more famous hits include “Right Here Waiting” and “Should’ve Known Better,” two titles that seem fitting Marx’s violent passenger encounter on the plane.
Marx married Flashdance and Dirty Dancing star Cynthia Rhodes in 1989. The couple had three sons and seemed to be a perfect match with Richard frequently writing songs about love and Rhodes singing back up and starring in Marx’s music videos. Much to the shock of fans, Marx announced that his twenty-five-year marriage to Rhodes was coming to an end in an April 2014 interview with Katie Couric, according to E!.
Just a year later in December of 2015, Richard Marx married Daisy Fuentes in a low-key ceremony. According to Billboard, the Marx and Fuentes union wasn’t even announced by the couple until after the fact via social media. Richard and Daisy then held their reception with a more extensive list of friends in February.
— Daisy Fuentes (@DaisyFuentes) December 25, 2015
Marx and Fuentes were documenting their first anniversary by sharing pictures of their trip together before the drama unfolded on Korean Air Flight 480 with Fuentes gushing about the phenomenal experience of “traveling the world with someone you love.”
Richard’s willingness to step in and rescue the flight crew and other passengers now puts him on the list of other celebrities who’ve performed heroic deeds. Marx will now go down in history with the likes of frequent real-life hero, Tom Cruise, who, among other things, rescued passengers of a burning boat; actress Kate Winslet, who carried billionaire Richard Branson’s 90-year-old mother to safety after a house fire in 2011, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who helped a struggling swimmer to shore in 2004.
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