American actor Jason Frank, popular for his role as Tommy Oliver in the first “Power Rangers” TV series is dead. Frank passed on at the age of 49.
Frank’s manager, Justine Hunt, made the announcement on Instagram on Sunday, November 20th. According to BBC, the actor died on Saturday, November 19th in Texas.
But sources with direct knowledge of the incident were quoted as telling TMZ that the actor died by suicide.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers launched in 1993 on Fox Kids and initially aired for three years.
Walter Jones, one of Frank’s co-stars on the show, wrote on Instagram, “Can’t believe it… RIP Jason David Frank. My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family.”
Frank’s death comes two decades after that of co-star Thuy Trang, who died aged 27 in 2001 from injuries sustained in a car accident.
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Frank’s character was the villian, Green Ranger in the first season of the show but he later became good and ultimately turned into the White Ranger.
The film star starred as one of the six leads on the show for 3 seasons, totalling over 100 episodes.
He went on to reprise his role as Tommy in several adaptions of the “Power Rangers” franchise.
This includes “Wild Force” “Turbo”, “Zeo” “Dino Thunder”, “Megaforce” and so many others.
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