Actor Jason David Frank, who played 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 long-time Houston resident.
“Please respect the privacy of your 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 truly missed. He will truly be missed.’
The actor’s family has not yet commented. He is survived by his four children: Hunter, Jacob, Skye and Jenna.
Frank’s wife, Tammie Frank, to whom he has been married 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 in the original ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ series, which premiered in 1993.
Tributes began to pour in for Frank, who was referred to as the JDF by many fans. His former Power Rangers co-star Walter Jones (the original Black Ranger) led the tributes writing: ‘I can’t believe this… RIP Jason David Frank. My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family.
Jones, 51, said People that JDF was ‘an inspiration to so many people’. We will miss his presence very much.
‘He had a wild sense of humour. We had our share of ups and downs, but I was consistent in being an ear if I needed it. My prayers are with his family and all who will miss him. May he rest in power,’ he said, telling Jason’s story as a joker.
Professional wrestler Iron Sheik wrote: ‘RIP JDF YOU THE TRUE LEGEND BUBBA I 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 played many different Color Rangers over the years, including green, white, and red, while returning to the franchise for a handful of movies.
Jason David Frank (second from left) appears in a still 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, in which he positioned himself as an enemy of the Rangers before tapping into their powers for good. He was initially slated to run for just 14 episodes, but his character proved so popular that the actor was hired as a full-time Ranger.
When his powers as a Green Ranger began to deteriorate, he became a White Ranger and became the new leader of the crime and monster fighting group.
She starred in the children’s show for three seasons, with a total of 123 episodes.
He also reprized his role in several Power Rangers movies, in which he played Red Ranger, Black Ranger, and Green Ranger again.
Before his passing, the JDF was dealing with problems 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, mentioned infidelity in her divorce papers filed earlier this year. She also searched the division for her home and her car in Texas. She listed the date of the separation from her as July 1 of this year.
She added that the marriage was no longer working due to the discord and conflict between them and said that she could no longer live with Jason due to his cruel treatment of her.
Jason reportedly received the divorce papers while at a Comic Con event in Texas.
Like Jason, Tammie was trained in martial arts and served as the producer and star of My Morphin Life, a reality show that provided an inside look into the lives of couples.
Hateful comments have begun to populate Tammie’s social media pages, as JDF fans blame her for his death.
‘You killed him bitch,’ wrote an user
“Funny you claimed he cheated on you and was mean to you but you want all his stuff,” another wrote.
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 wrestled professionally from 2008 to 2010.
In Houston, he opened a training studio called karate rising sun, where he taught Toso Kune Do, which translates as Way of the Fighting Fist. The studio taught a style of martial art created by Frank, who for years had studied various methods of self-defense.
Frank’s latest film, Legend of the White Dragon, will be released 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 across the country. He is pictured above during an exhibit at Wizard World Austin Comic Con in 2013.
Frank (third from left) pictured with the original cast of the children’s show, from left David Yost, Thuy Trang, Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Walter Jones
Several years ago, Frank was kicked out of a Power Rangers premiere in Los Angeles, when he tried to record his cameo in the film.
The actor, then 43, broadcast his complaints about the experience to his 900,000 followers on Facebook Live.
“No one said we couldn’t have video in the first place,” he told fans, adding that he was followed out of the theater and into the bathroom by security guards who wanted to verify what he had recorded on his iPhone.
“They treated me pretty bad,” 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. She accused the actor and mixed martial artist of infidelity
Jenna Frank, who JDF shared with Tammie, turned 18 in June and is trying to follow in her father’s footsteps in the entertainment industry. She will also appear 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 most of the couple’s assets.
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