Jason David Frank, who played the Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver on the 1990s children’s show “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” died on Sunday, according to his management. He was 49.
Frank’s manager, Justine Hunt, did not specify the reason of death or the date of death, but requested for the “privacy of his family and friends during this awful time as we come to terms with the loss of such a lovely human being.”
Walter Emmanuel Jones, the original Black Power Ranger who co-starred with Frank in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” expressed shock on Instagram….
“It breaks my heart to lose another member of our precious family,” Jones wrote. Thuy Trang, the first Yellow Power Ranger, died in a car accident in 2001 at the age of 27.
“Mighty Morphine Power Rangers,” about five kids tasked with saving the world from evil, premiered on Fox in 1993 and quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon.
Frank’s Tommy Oliver was first shown as a villain in the first season, brainwashed by the wicked Rita Repulsa. However, he was quickly recruited into the squad as the Green Ranger and became one of the show’s most popular characters…
Though his job was not supposed to be permanent, Frank was eventually reintroduced as the White Ranger and squad commander.
Frank’s Tommy Oliver appeared in other spinoff TV programs as other rangers, including the Red Zeo Ranger, the Red Turbo Ranger, and the Black Dino Ranger…
He also appeared in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” as well as a cameo in the 2017 revival “Power Rangers.”
Frank, a martial arts practitioner, competed in multiple mixed martial arts bouts in 2009 and 2010.
Tammie Frank, Frank’s second wife, filed for divorce from him in August, according to TMZ. Frank leaves behind four children: one from his marriage to Tammie Frank and three from his first marriage to Shawna Frank.