Actor Jason David Frank, who played the role of the Green Power Ranger in the 1990s, is believed to have committed suicide at the age of 49.
According to his representative, Justine Hunt, Frank died in Texas. He was a longtime resident of Houston.
‘Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being,’ he told TMZ.
He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will be greatly missed.’
The actor’s family has yet to make a statement. He is survived by his four children – Hunter, Jacob, Skye and Jenna.
Frank’s wife, Tammie Frank, who he had been married to since 2003, filed for divorce earlier this year after accusing the actor of infidelity. He was previously married to Shawna Frank from 1994 to 2001.
Frank was best known for playing Tommy Oliver on the original run of the show ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’, which started in 1993.
Tributes began to pour in for Frank, who many fans called JDF. His former Power Rangers costar Walter Jones (the original Black Ranger) led the tributes writing, ‘Can’t believe it…. RIP Jason David Frank. My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family.’
Jones, 51, told People that JDF is ‘an inspiration to so many people. His presence will be sorely missed.’
He had a wild sense of humour. We had our share of good and bad things, but I stayed constant to be an ear if one was needed. My prayers go out to his family and all that he will miss. May he rest in Power,’ he said, telling the story of Jason as a prankster.
Professional wrestler Iron Sheik wrote, ‘RIP JDF YOU THE TRUE LEGEND BUBBA LOVE YOU FOREVER #RIPLEGEND.’
Jason David Frank, best known for his portrayal of the original Green Power Ranger, is believed to have committed suicide over the weekend. He was 49
Frank portrayed many different colors of Rangers over the years, including Green, White and Red, as he returned to the franchise for a handful of films
Pictured is Jason David Frank (second left) in a shot from Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
Frank was also a trained martial artist off screen and fought professionally from 2008-2010
Jason’s wife Tammie Frank (pictured right) reportedly filed for divorce from the actor earlier this year
He was first introduced as the Green Ranger in Season 1, where he was positioned as an enemy of the Rangers before harnessing his powers for good. He was initially set for a run of just 14 episodes, but his character proved so popular that the actor was brought back as a full-time Ranger.
When his powers as a Green Ranger began to decline, he was turned into the White Ranger and went on to become the new leader of the crime and monster fighting group.
He starred on the children’s show for three seasons, with a total of 123 episodes.
He also reprized his role in several Power Rangers films, where he again portrayed Red Ranger, Black Ranger and Green Ranger.
Before he died, JDF was dealing with issues on the home front. His wife of nearly two decades, Tammie Frank, with whom he shares an 18-year-old daughter, filed for divorce earlier this year after accusing him of adultery.
Tammie, 57, listed infidelity on her divorce papers filed earlier this year. He also sought their home in Texas and their car in the partition. He listed the date of their separation as July 1 this year.
She added that the marriage was no longer functioning due to discord and conflict between them and said she could no longer live with Jason because of his cruel treatment of her.
Jason was said to have obtained the divorce papers while at a Comic Con event in Texas.
Like Jason, Tammie was trained in martial arts and served as a producer and star of the show My Morphin Life, a reality show that gave an inside look at the couples life together.
Nasty comments have begun to fill Tammie’s social media pages as JDF supporters blame her for his death.
‘You killed b****,’ one user wrote.
‘Funny you claimed he cheated on you and was cruel to you but you want all his stuff,’ wrote another.
Several months ago, Tammie marked the one year anniversary of the loss of her adult daughter, Shayla Frank.
Frank was trained in MMA fighting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo and a handful of other martial arts. He fought professionally from 2008-2010.
In Houston, he opened a training studio called Rising Sun Karate, where he taught Toso Kune Do, which translates to Way of the Fighting Fist. The studio taught a style of martial arts created by Frank, who had studied different methods of self-defense for years.
Frank’s last film, Legend of the White Dragon, will be out next year. He revealed earlier this year that he was retiring from the Power Rangers franchise.
Frank (right) made frequent appearances related to martial arts and Power Rangers at conventions around the country. He is pictured above during an exhibition at the Wizard World Austin Comic Con in 2013
Frank (third from left) pictured with the original cast of the children’s show, left to right David Yost, Thuy Trang, Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Walter Jones
Several years ago, Frank was kicked out of the Power Rangers premiere in Los Angeles, when he tried to record his cameo appearance in the film.
The then 43-year-old actor streamed his complaints about the experience to his 900,000 followers on Facebook Live.
‘No one said we couldn’t have videos, first,’ he told fans, adding that he was followed out of the theater and into the bathroom by security who wanted to check what he had to record on his iPhone.
‘They treated me quite badly,’ he said.
JDF and his wife Tammie Frank on Labor Day 2021. Tammie filed for divorce in 2022 after 19 years of marriage to Frank. He accused the actor and mixed martial artist of infidelity
Jenna Frank, who shared JDF with Tammie, turned 18 in June and is looking to follow in her father’s footsteps into the entertainment industry. She will also make an appearance in Legend of the White Dragon
Frank was reportedly served with divorce papers at a Comic Con convention in Texas earlier this year. Tammie was petitioning the court for the majority of the couple’s assets
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