Jason David Frank, who played Tommy Oliver on the ’90s Power Rangers show, died.
NEW YORK – Jason David Frank, who played Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver on the 1990s children’s favorite series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” has died. Actor is 49 years old.
Frank’s manager, Justin Hunt, said in a statement Sunday that Frank had passed away. He did not specify the cause of death or say when he died, but said: “We ask for the privacy of his family and friends at this terrible time and we understand the loss of such a wonderful man.”
Walter Emmanuel Jones, the original Black Power Ranger who starred alongside with Frank in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” wrote on his Instagram that he couldn’t believe it. “My heart is saddened by the loss of 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.
“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” about five teenagers assigned to save Earth from evil, debuted on Fox in 1993 and became a pop-culture phenomenon. Early in the first season, Frank’s Tommy Oliver was first seen as a super villain, brainwashed by the evil Rita Repulsa. But soon, he was added to the team as the Green Ranger and became one of the most popular characters on the show.
Although his role was not intended to be permanent, Frank was later brought in as the White Ranger and leader of the team. Throughout the spinoff TV series, Frank’s Tommy Oliver returned as other Rangers, including the Red Geo Ranger, Red Turbo Ranger, and Black Dino Ranger. He starred alongside him in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” and made a cameo in the 2017 reboot of “Power Rangers.”
A martial arts practitioner, Frank fought in several mixed martial arts events 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 Tommy Frank and three from his first marriage to Shawna Frank.