“Power Rangers” star Jason David Frank dies at 49, manager says

Jason David Frank, who played green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver in the 1990 children’s series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” has died, his manager said in a statement Sunday. He was 49 years old.

Frank’s manager, Justin Hunt, did not give a cause of death or say when he died, but asked for “privacy of his family and friends during this terrible time as we deal with the loss of such a wonderful human being.” Come.”

Walter Emmanuel Jones, the original black Power Ranger who co-starred with Frank in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” wrote on Instagram that he couldn’t believe it. Jones wrote, ‘My heart is saddened by the loss of another member of our special family.’ Thuy Trang, who played the original Yellow Power Ranger, died in a car accident in 2001 at the age of 27.

“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” about five teenagers deputized to save Earth from evil, debuted on Fox in 1993 and became a pop-culture phenomenon. At the beginning of the first season, Frank’s Tommy Oliver was first seen as a villain, having been brainwashed by the evil Rita Repulsa. But soon after, he was included in the group as the Green Ranger and became one of the most popular characters on the show.

Saban's Power Rangers at New York Comic Con 2017 - Day 1
Jason David Frank of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers attends Saban’s Power Rangers Legacy Wars tournament at New York Comic Con 2017 – Day 1 on October 5, 2017 in New York City.

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Although his role was not intended to be permanent, Frank was later brought back as the White Ranger and leader of the team. In the spinoff TV series, Frank’s Tommy Oliver returned as the other Rangers, as well as Red Zero Ranger, Red Turbo Ranger and Black Dino Ranger. He also played her in the movies “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” and had a cameo in the 2017 reboot “Power Rangers”.

A martial arts practitioner, Frank competed in several mixed martial arts bouts in 2009 and 2010.

TMZ previously reported that Frank’s second wife, Tammy Frank, filed for divorce from him in August. Frank has four children; one from his marriage to Tammy Frank and three from his first marriage to Shawna Frank.

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