Jason David Frank, an actor and mixed martial arts star who appeared on the original run of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has died. He was 49.
Frank’s Power Rangers co-star Walter E. Jones confirmed the news of his death on Instagram Sunday, writing: “Can’t believe it… RIP Jason David Frank . My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family.”
The late actor’s talent rep, Brian Butler-Au, also posted on Instagram about his death.
“Very sad to hear about my friend and client Jason David Frank’s passing. Jason was a martial artist best known for playing Tommy in the Power Rangers,” Butler-Au wrote. “He was a true martial artist and I had the pleasure of managing him for the fights he competed in. If anyone you know may be depressed please check on them.”
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Frank rose to prominence as the Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver, during the show’s original run from 1993 to 1996.
He was booked for a limited number of episodes, but proved popular with fans and was brought back as the White Ranger. Over the years, Frank appeared in 123 episodes of the series, according to his IMDb page.
He also had roles in Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers Wild Force, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, other franchise projects and the accompanying video games.
The actor was originally from Covina, California, and died in Texas.
His cause of death has not been officially announced, but multiple media reports said he died by suicide.
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of harming yourself or others, call 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.