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, Justin Hunt, Frank passed away in Texas. He was a longtime resident of Houston.
“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this terrible time as we deal with the loss of such a wonderful human being,” she told TMZ.
He loved his family, friends, and fans so much. I will really miss him.”
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, Tammy Frank, whom he has 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 is best known for playing Tommy Oliver on the original show, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” which debuted in 1993.
Honors are starting to pour in for Frank, who many fans call JDF. Former Power Rangers actor Walter Jones (the original Black Ranger) led the tribute book, “I can’t believe it… RIP Jason David Frank. My heart is saddened by the loss of yet another member of our special family.”
Jones, 51, said People That the JDF has been “an inspiration to many people. His presence will be very absent.”
He had a wild sense of humor. We’ve had our share of ups and downs, but I’ve remained consistent about being an earful if he needs one. My prayers go out to his family and everything he will miss. ‘May he rest in power,’ he said, recounting Jason’s history as the number one prankster.
Professional wrestler Iron Sheik wrote, “RIP JDF YOU THE REAL 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 years old
Frank has portrayed many different Ranger colors over the years, including green, white and red, as he has returned to the franchise for a few films
Jason David Frank (second left) is pictured in a still from the movie Turbo: A Power Rangers
Frank was also a trained martial artist off screen and fought professionally from 2008-2010
Jason’s wife Tammy Frank (pictured right) reportedly filed for divorce from the actor earlier this year
He was first introduced as the Green Ranger in Season 1, positioned as an enemy of the Rangers before harnessing his powers for good. He was initially hired for only 14 episodes, but his character proved so popular that the actor was brought back into the role of Ranger full time.
When his power as a Green Ranger began to decline, he transformed into a White Ranger and went on to become the new leader of the crime-fighting and monster-fighting group.
He starred in the children’s show for three seasons, totaling 123 episodes.
He also reprized his role in several Power Rangers films, portraying the Red Ranger, Black Ranger, and Green Ranger again.
Prior to his death, the JDF was dealing with cases on the home front. His wife of nearly two decades, Tammy Frank, with whom he shares an 18-year-old daughter, filed for divorce earlier this year after he was accused of adultery.
Tammy, 57, recorded the infidelity in her divorce documents, which she filed earlier this year. They also sought their home in Texas and their car into a split. She listed the date of their separation as July 1 of this year.
She added that the marriage no longer works due to the disagreement and conflict between them and said that she can no longer live with Jason because of his harsh treatment towards her.
Jason reportedly received the divorce papers while at a Comic Con event in Texas.
Like Jason, Tammy is trained in martial arts and served as a producer and star on My Morphin Life, a reality show that offered an inside look at couples’ lives together.
Hate comments began to circulate on Tammy’s social media pages as JDF fans blamed her for his death.
“I killed him with a ****” Wrote 1 user.
Another wrote: ‘Funny you claimed he cheated on you and was hard on you but you want all his stuff.
Several months ago, Tammy celebrated the one-year anniversary of the loss of her adult daughter, Shayla Frank.
Frank is trained in MMA, 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 Sunrise karate, where he taught Toso Kune Do, which translates to Method of Fist Fighting. The studio taught a style of martial arts created by Frank, who for years had studied various methods of self-defense.
Frank’s latest film, The Legend of the White Dragon, is scheduled for release next year. He revealed earlier this year that he is retiring from the Power Rangers franchise.
Frank (right) has made frequent martial arts and Power Rangers appearances at conventions around the country. Pictured above during a performance at Wizard World Austin Comic Con in 2013
Frank (third from left) pictured with the original cast of the children’s show, from 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 first Power Rangers show in Los Angeles, when he tried to score his cameo appearance for the movie.
The 43-year-old actor broadcasted his complaints about the experience to his 900,000 Facebook Live followers.
“No one said we can’t have videos, first of all,” he told fans, adding that he was followed off stage and entered into the bathroom by security guards who wanted to check what he recorded on his iPhone.
“They treated me very badly,” he said.
JDF and his wife Tammy Frank on Labor Day 2021. Tammy filed for divorce in 2022 after 19 years of marriage to Frank. She accused the mixed actor and artist of infidelity
JDF’s JDF partner, Jenna Frank, Tammy, turned 18 in June and is trying to follow in her father’s footsteps into the entertainment industry. She will also appear in Legend of the White Dragon
Frank was reportedly presented with the divorce papers at Comic Con in Texas earlier this year. Tammy has petitioned the court for the majority of the couple’s assets
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