riverman123 said:nope, you're right... im only assuming it was slugs. that seems to be everyones go to bad guy! ha
Whatever it was, ive never seen anything as bad as this. at least not on one specific stem on one specific plant!
That is so very typical of cutworm damage that I would scratch away an inch or two of the soil around the base of the fan and see if you can find one and remove it before it strikes again. Here's a pic:
Edited to add another pic showing the size of plant they can fell:
There isn't a good organic control method that I know of besides trying to get nematodes or BTK into the soil but that can take time.