‘Power Rangers’ star Jason David Frank dies at 49 – National

Jason David Frank, who played Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver in the 1990s children’s series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has died. He was 49.

Justine Hunt, Frank’s manager, said in a statement Sunday that Frank has died. She did not give a cause of death or say when he died, but asked for “the privacy of his family and friends at this terrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful person.”

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

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

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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. The TV series saw the return of Frank’s Tommy Oliver as other Rangers, including the Red Zeo Ranger, Red Turbo Ranger, and Black Dino Ranger. He also played him in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie” and starred in the 2017 “Power Rangers” reboot.

Frank practiced martial arts and fought in several mixed martial arts events in 2009 and 2010.

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

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