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 longtime resident of Houston.
“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this difficult time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful person,” he told TMZ.
‘He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will be very sad.’
The family of this player has not yet made a statement. She is survived by her four children – Hunter, Jacob, Skye and Jenna.
Frank’s wife, Tammie Frank, whom he has been married to since 2003, filed for divorce earlier this year after accusing the actor of infidelity. He was married to Shawna Frank from 1994 to 2001.
Frank is best known for playing Tommy Oliver in the first run of the show ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’, which started in 1993.
Tributes began to pour in for Frank, who was nicknamed JDF by many fans. His former Power Rangers co-star Walter Jones (the original Black Ranger) led the tributes writing: ‘Can’t believe it…. RIP Jason David Frank. My heart is saddened by the loss of a member of our own family.’
Jones, 51, told People that JDF is ‘an inspiration to so many people. His presence will be greatly missed.’
‘He had a sense of humor. We had our share, but I kept an ear if needed. My prayers go out to his family and all who will miss him. May he rest in power,’ she said, recounting Jason’s history as a thief.
Professional boxer Iron Sheik wrote: ‘DAD JDF YOU ARE 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 taken his own life over the weekend. He is 49 years old
Frank has worn many different Rangers colors over the years, including Green, White and Red, when he returned to the franchise for a few movies.
Jason David Frank (second from left) is pictured in Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
Frank is also a trained martial artist 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 set up as an enemy of the Rangers before using his powers for good. He was originally only meant to be in 14 episodes, but his character was so popular that the character was brought back as a full-time Ranger.
When his powers as the Green Ranger begin to wane, he transforms into the White Ranger and becomes the new leader of the crime and monster fighting group.
He starred in three seasons of the children’s show, which included 123 episodes.
He also reprized his role in the Power Rangers movie, where he portrayed the Red Ranger, Black Ranger and Green Ranger again.
Before his death, JDF was facing problems at home. His wife of 18 years, Tammie Frank, filed for divorce earlier this year after accusing him of adultery.
Tammie, 57, cited infidelity in divorce papers filed earlier this year. She also sought her Texas home and car in the divorce. He listed the date of their separation as July 1 of this year.
She added that the marriage is no longer working due to misunderstandings and arguments between them and she says that she can no longer live with Jason because of his abusive behavior towards her.
Jason reportedly filed the divorce papers at a Comic Con event in Texas.
Like Jason, Tammie trained in martial arts and worked as a producer and star of My Morphin Life, a reality show that gave an inside look into the couple’s life.
Hateful comments began flooding Tammie’s social media pages as JDF fans blamed her for her death.
‘You killed it,’ wrote one user.
‘It’s funny you said he cheated on you and abused you but you love all his stuff,’ wrote another.
Several months ago, Tammie marked the one year anniversary of her oldest daughter Shayla Frank’s death.
Frank has trained in MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Taekwondo and a few other martial arts. He wrestled professionally from 2008-2010.
In Houston, he opened a training center called Rising Sun Karate, where he taught Toso Kune Do, which means Way of the Fighting Fist. The studio taught martial arts techniques created by Frank, who had studied self-defense techniques for years.
Frank’s latest film, Legend of the White Dragon, will be released next year. He announced earlier this year that he was retiring from the Power Rangers franchise.
Frank (right) frequently performs martial arts and Power Rangers-related appearances at conventions around the country. He is pictured above performing 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 Power Rangers premiere in Los Angeles when he tried to book a cameo appearance in the film.
The then 43-year-old actress aired her complaints about the experience to her 900,000 followers on Facebook Live.
‘Nobody said we couldn’t have video, first of all,’ he told fans, adding that he was followed out of the theater by security and into the bathroom who wanted to watch. which he recorded on his iPhone.
‘They treated me very 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 betrayal
Jenna Frank, who JDF shares with Tammie, turned 18 in June and is trying to follow in her father’s footsteps into the entertainment industry. He will also appear in Legend of the White Dragon
Frank was reportedly served with divorce papers at the Texas Comic Convention earlier this year. Tammie filed a petition for most of the couple’s assets
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