Obit Jason David Frank
FILE - Jason David Frank waves to the crowd as he makes his way down Peachtree Street in the annual DragonCon parade through downtown Atlanta, on Aug. 31, 2013. Frank, who played the Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver on the 1990s children's series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," has died, according to a statement Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, from his manager, Justine Hunt. He was 49. (Jonathan Phillips/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)
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'Power Rangers' star Jason David Frank dies at 49

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By The Associated Press

Jason David Frank, who played the Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver on 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 passed away. She did not say the cause of death or say when he died, but asked for “privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being.”

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. “My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family," wrote Jones. Thuy Trang, who played the original Yellow Power Ranger, died in a car accident in 2001 at age 27.

“Mighty Morphine Power Rangers," about five teenagers deputized to save Earth from the 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 inducted in the group as the Green Ranger and became one of the most popular characters on the show.

Though his role wasn't intended to be permanent, Frank was later brought back as the White Ranger and the leader of the team. Across spinoff TV series, Frank's Tommy Oliver returned as other rangers, as well, including Red Zeo Ranger, the Red Turbo Ranger and the Black Dino Ranger. He also played him in the films “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” and made a cameo in the 2017 reboot “Power Rangers.”

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

TMZ earlier 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 with Tammie Frank and three from his first marriage to Shawna Frank.

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Accomplished a lot in a short time.

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This must be a more, umm, adult version of the show I watched as a kid.

"Mighty Morphine Power Rangers," about five teenagers deputized to save Earth from the evil,

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My kid brothers idolized him as a martial artist when they were young.

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Killed himself.

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Hmm, that show was genius. They actually spent almost everything on marketing and merchandise and almost nothing on production. Almost all the “action” scenes were spliced from the Japanese originals. All the action/ outdoor scenes are clearly Japan. Only noticed when my son started watching it. Gave me a laugh.

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Some sources say it was suicide..

Very unfortunate when someone who had the world at their feet dies like that.

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sad

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Keith Flint was 49 when he commited suicide after his wife left him too. RIP

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Depression is a very real illness that often gets overlooked, especially with men. Just because we look fine and put on that smile, doesn't mean we're happy. RIP.

Call your friends. Make sure they're alright.

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Yup men just have to suck it up. Or.......

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