Jason David Frank, best known for portraying Tommy Oliver, the original Green and White Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, died at 49 years old in Texas, a representative confirmed Sunday to media outlets.
“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,” Justine Hunt, a representative for Frank, told TMZ. “He will truly be missed.”
Although sources have not confirmed the cause of his death, TMZ reports that Frank’s death resulted from suicide.
Born in Covina, California, Frank began making waves in his career in the 1990s in both television and film adaptations of the popular franchise. During his time with the franchise, he started as the Green Ranger in Season 1. He later became the group leader as the White Ranger, and was a leading cast member for 123 episodes spread over 3 seasons.
Walter Jones, who played the Black Ranger alongside Frank in the family television series, told TMZ his co-star “was an inspiration to so many people.
“His presence will be dearly missed,” Jones said. “It’s so sad to lose another member of our Ranger family. Jason was one of the biggest pranksters on the show. He had a wild sense of humor. We had our shares of ups and downs, but I stayed consistent about being an ear if he needed one. My prayers go out to his family and all that will miss him.”
Amy Jo Johnson, who played the Pink Ranger, posted a tribute to her former co-star on Instagram.
“Jase, you were beautiful and truly unique,” she wrote on Instagram. “My life just won’t be the same without your frenetic, hilarious, caring, driven, and creative ball of energy. I will always love you, dear friend. Please Rest now In Peace.”
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