Jason David Frank, the actor who portrayed the Green Power Ranger in the hit 1990s kids’ TV show Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, has died. He was just 49.
According to TMZ, the actor and martial artist died by suicide.
‘Power Rangers’ actor dies
Frank’s manager did not share a cause of death but asked for privacy “during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being.”
Sources with “direct knowledge” told TMZ that the actor, tragically, killed himself.
In the original Power Rangers show, Frank’s character Tommy Oliver was introduced as a villain before turning good. He eventually became the Power Rangers’ leader as the White Ranger and appeared in a number of Power Rangers spin-offs and movies as well.
Amy Jo Johnson, who played Kimberly the Pink Ranger, alluded to depression in an emotional reaction to the news on Instagram.
“Anybody who is out there who is feeling depressed and like there’s no hope, just know that that’s not the way and there is help and you do have a community here,” she said. “Just reach out. Reach out for help if you are feeling like that. F—. It f—ing sucks. Sorry for the swearing, but it really f—ing sucks. Sorry.”
Actor and martial artist
Walter E. Jones, who portrayed the Black Ranger, also mourned the loss, saying, “It’s so sad to lose another member of our Ranger family.”
“Jason was one of the biggest pranksters on the show,” Jones said. “He had a wild sense of humor. We had our shares of ups and downs but I stayed consistent about being an ear if he needed one. My prayers go out to his family and all that will miss him. May he rest in Power.”
Thuy Trang, who played the Yellow Ranger, died in a car accident in 2001 at the age of 27.
Frank was an accomplished martial artist who practiced jiu-jitsu, Taekwondo, and Judo.
His second wife filed for divorced earlier this year. Frank is survived by four children from his two marriages.