In a tragic development, Power Ranger actor Jason David Frank, who played the character of Green Power Ranger, died by suicide. He was 49. Since the development made rounds on news cycle, condolences have been pouring from all fronts, with Power Ranger and Jason David Frank, being one of the top trends on Twitter. The cause of suicide was not released.
Justine Hunt, one of the representatives of Jason, issued a statement, asking for privacy for Jason’s friends and family “during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being.” “He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will truly be missed,” the statement further read.
For the unversed, Power Ranger show was popular in the 90s, showing six high schoolers in different coloured costumes, transforming into world-saving superheroes against aliens from the other world. For many millennials, the “Go Go Power Rangers” song is still fresh and hum worthy.
As per reports, Jason was supposed to be in 10 initial episodes, portraying the character of Green Ranger. However, he was later casted as White Ranger, and continued playing the character in different reboots.
Jason also owned a martial arts school called Rising Sun Karate, where he along with other instructors, taught the ‘Toso Kune Do’.
The Facts of the Matter
Fans of the ‘Power Ranger’ franchise, and its subsequent reboots, are mourning the loss of Jason David Frank, the actor who portrayed the character of Green Power Ranger in the popular show. Jason reportedly played Tommy Oliver in the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger series, which first gave him the chance to play as Green Power Ranger, and then White Power Ranger.
Jason’s Agent Issues Statement
While the official cause of death has still not been revealed by Jason’s family and agent, it is being reported that he died of suicide. He was 49. His representative Justine Hunt took to the fans and issued a statement which read – “Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being.” He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will truly be missed,” the statement by Justine further read.
He is survived by his four children, two sons Hunter and Jacob, and daughters Skye and Jenna.
Acting in Power Rangers Show
For the unversed, Jason started his stint with the show by appearing as Green Ranger in the first season. He was intended to be only in the initial episodes, but was so loved and adored, that he went on to star in a total of 123 episodes.
Initially, a ‘Green Ranger’, who was an enemy of the entire Power Rangers collective, he then turned into White Ranger, and became the leader of the group. Known for his karate-like martial arts chops, his fighting style transcended in the real world.
MMA Fighting, Developing Own Martial Arts System
He went on to become a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter, and was known to have exceptional skills in Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Jiu Jutsu. Further, he was also inducted in the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.
A feared brawler, he also developed his own martial arts called ‘Toso Kune Do’, roughly translated to ‘Way of the Fighting Fist’. He taught his own fighting style in a martial arts school called Rising Sun Karate.
Fans Pay Tribute to Jason David Frank
Following his fans, celebrities and fans respectively took to Twitter to mourn the loss and write heartfelt tribute messages.
All of Ranger Nation is deeply saddened by the loss of Jason David Frank. JDF brought countless smiles to fans over the years and will be greatly missed. May the Power protect him, always. 💚
— POWER⚡️RANGERS (@PowerRangers) November 20, 2022
RIP to the best martial artist from the other valley, Jason David Frank. pic.twitter.com/5sp7NTYOzo
— Johnny Lawrence (@Sensei_JohnnyLa) November 20, 2022
Sad to hear about Jason David Frank ending his life.
I grew up racing home after school so I could watch MMPR on tv.
His TikTok has been one of my favorites to watch.
— Brandon Folsom (@folsombrandonj) November 20, 2022
Gutted to hear about Jason David Frank. Saw him at almost every convention. If you’re struggling, please call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or dial 988. Help is available. You matter.
— Steve Blum (@blumspew) November 20, 2022
Jason David Frank is dead at age 49, by suicide. Countless Dragon Ball fans were inspired by the Power Rangers growing up, including me. Jason was the Green and White Rangers of our childhoods. May he Rest In Power!#jasondavidfrank #jdf #mmpr #powerrangers #rip pic.twitter.com/3q0LUJCDnM
— Derek Padula (@derekpadula) November 20, 2022
Wow. JDF was a backstage green room buddy at cons. We enjoyed the crappy coffee, smoking stogies on the loading dock and dressing up in whacky outfits. Jason’s loss is another reminder to appreciate the ones you’re with – right now. Fight on, JDF. https://t.co/1WYyLMirHr
— Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) November 20, 2022