Jason David Frank – Green Power Ranger Of The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Passed Away At 49!

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actor Jason David Frank, who played Green Ranger Tommy Oliver on the 1990s kids’ show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has passed away. The actor had just turned 49. The actor’s manager, Justine Hunt, confirmed his death in a statement released on Sunday.

She asked for “privacy [for] his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being,” but did not specify the cause of death or the date he passed away.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers co-star and original Black Power Ranger Walter Emmanuel Jones expressed his disbelief in an Instagram post. Actor Thuy Trang, the first Yellow Power Ranger, was killed at age 27 in a car crash in 2001.

A show about five teenagers who are tasked with protecting the world from evil, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered on Fox in 1993 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon.

Tommy Oliver, played by Frank, was initially introduced to the audience in an antagonistic role early in the first season after being brainwashed by the nefarious Rita Repulsa. Yet not long after, he joined the Rangers as the Green Ranger and quickly became a fan favorite.

Despite initial plans to replace Frank with a permanent White Ranger, he was ultimately brought back as the team’s leader.

Frank’s Tommy Oliver reprised his role as multiple rangers in the various TV spin-offs, including the Red Zeo Ranger, the Red Turbo Ranger, and the Black Dino Ranger.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, and the 2017 reboot Power Rangers all feature him in a starring or supporting role.

Frank, a martial arts expert, competed in a number of MMA bouts in 2009 and 2010.

What Jason David Frank’s Role As The First Power Ranger Meant

Frank was a pivotal figure in the Power Rangers canon; he played the Green Ranger in the first season and went on to become the series’ White Ranger and leader. Following that, he joined Power Rangers Turbo as the Red Turbo Ranger and stayed with the show until 1997.

Although the main plot of the 2017 film reboot Power Rangers did not involve a Green Ranger, he did make additional appearances on later Power Rangers projects,

What Jason David Frank's Role As The First Power Ranger Meant

such as the Power Rangers Wild Force episode that celebrated the franchise’s 10th anniversary in 2002, the series Power Rangers Dino Thunder, the season finale of Power Rangers Super Megaforce, and the film itself in 2018.

His last appearance was in a 2018 episode of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel celebrating the franchise’s 25th anniversary. Later this year, he made it official that he was leaving the team for good.

Frank was an integral part of many people’s formative years, and he stayed in touch with them as adults by appearing at conventions and fan events all over the world to celebrate his legacy in the Power Rangers series. Being a Power Ranger instructor at a 2018 convention is part of this.

Fans from all over the world have been quick to react to the tragic news of his passing by paying tribute to him and offering their condolences to his loved ones. Numerous Power Rangers family members have taken to social media to honor Frank’s memory.

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Power Rangers Turbo actor Blake A. Foster, who played Justin Stewart, the Blue Turbo Ranger, in the show, wrote a touching tribute to the late actor, saying, “Lost my hero, our leader, my friend, and an icon.” Black Ranger Zack Taylor’s Walter E. Jones, who said, “My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family,” expressed similar feelings.

Jason David Frank, 49, Of ‘Power Rangers,’ Committed Suicide, Reports Say

Black Ranger actor Walter Jones has revealed to TMZ that he… “Many people found motivation in his example. Losing him is like losing a member of the family. Another Ranger gone too soon is a tragic loss for our team.”

Jason David Frank, 49, Of 'Power Rangers,' Committed Suicide, Reports Say

He continues, “Jason was known as one of the show’s biggest antics. The man had a wacky sense of humor. We had our share of difficulties, but I was always there to listen if he needed someone to talk to. All of you who knew and loved him will be in my thoughts and prayers.”

The actor and MMA fighter reportedly passed away in Texas, and his representative Justine Hunt confirmed the news. His suicide has been confirmed by several reliable sources.

In the original “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” series, which aired on Nickelodeon from 1993 to 1999, JDF played the role of Tommy Oliver, one of six masked, Kung fu-wielding superheroes who fought crime and monsters.

Fans will recall that he was initially introduced as the Green Ranger’s enemy in Season 1, before making a complete about-face and becoming a friend to the Power Rangers. However, after his powers begin to weaken, he is transformed into the White Ranger… and chosen to lead the team. For a total of 123 episodes across 3 seasons, Frank was a mainstay of the show’s cast.

In subsequent ‘Power Rangers iterations, such as ‘Wild Force,’ ‘Turbo,’ ‘Zeo,’ ‘Dino Thunder,’ ‘Megaforce,’ ‘Ninja Steel,’ ‘HyperForce,’ and others, Frank reprised his role as Tommy.

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He’s cycled through the Red, Black, and Green Ranger costumes. Fans love JDF, and that’s why he keeps coming back as the Power Ranger.

Final words

Though the official cause of death has yet to be disclosed, TMZ has been told by sources with direct knowledge that the death was a suicide. Black Power Ranger Walter Emmanuel Jones, who starred alongside Frank in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” expressed his disbelief in an Instagram post.


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Karan Siradi

I am an author and a public speaker. I was born in India and have travelled to many different countries. I have a masters in public communication from California University and I love to write about famous peoples from different industries.

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