Tammie Frank, wife of the popular “Green and White” Power Ranger, Jason David Frank, attempted to set the record straight regarding the death of her husband in an interview with People magazine.
After several weeks of being “harassed online,” Tammie decided it was best to address the misinformation and rumors regarding Jason David Frank’s death.
Tammie’s piece in People magazine begins: “My name is Tammie Frank, and my husband was Jason David Frank, who tragically lost his life to suicide just last week.”
Tammie continued: “While Jason was a well-known name to some, we lived a very normal life with ups and downs, just like anyone else. It has shocked and saddened me beyond belief to see that the media has turned my family’s tragedy into a tall tale. Since Jason’s death, I have been harassed online and can no longer stand to watch my husband’s good name slandered.”
Tammie added: “I loved my husband, and we were trying to work through our problems. His death comes as much a shock to me as anyone else. The truth is, I had no idea that Jason was thinking of ending things. Yes, he had struggled with mental health issues and depression before, but I could never predict what would happen that night.”
RTM previously reported that police said Tammie and Jason were checked into separate rooms at a hotel in Texas the weekend that Jason died.
Reportedly, the couple argued at length in Tammie’s room until hotel staff intervened and de-escalated the situation. The police report notes the argument resumed several hours later outside Jason’s room. The report notes that both arguments ended without incident, but sensing something may be wrong early the next day, Tammie contacted the police to request they check on her ex-husband.
Police found Jason’s body and confirmed the actor’s death to TMZ on Nov. 20. He was 49 years old.
In her interview with People, Tammie shared that she and Jason married in 2003 but separated in August after experiencing a loss in their family.
“We initially planned to separate; that part is true,” Tammie said. “However, that is only part of the story [that is true]. The part that hasn’t been told is that at the time of his passing, we had called off our separation and were in the process of reuniting. Don’t get me wrong, we had ups and downs and many troubles during our 19-year marriage, but this was an especially hard year for us.”
Tammie continued: “A year ago, my daughter Shayla, whom Jason helped me raise as his own, suddenly passed away. Jason had been the one to find her when it happened, and the situation wrecked our family emotionally.
“Between losing her and helping raise her baby son, Jason and I started having marital issues. For anyone who has known the pain of losing a child, I know you understand how such a loss changes things in your marriage.”
Tammie disputes the police report that the two argued in the hours leading up to Jason’s suicide, claiming they were “enjoying the weekend and having some fun — not arguing or fighting.”
Tammie added: “We danced and stayed out at the event until the bar closed. When we got back to the hotel, Jason and I were having a heartfelt and emotional talk in his room.
“To help Jason relax and sober up before turning down to sleep, I went downstairs to get us snacks from the lobby. I must’ve been gone no more than 10 minutes. I went back upstairs and began knocking on the door to no answer. I knocked repeatedly and kept calling for his name to open the door.”
Tammie clarified: “I don’t know if the hotel staff or a guest called the police, but after I was taken downstairs by the police, they were able to open the door and found that Jason took his life. These were the ‘disturbances’ that has been brought up numerous times online.”
Tammie pleaded with fans to “stop making assumptions and leave [her] family to grieve peacefully.”
“All we want is to remember Jason and our happiest memories and move on from the pain of losing a loved one,” Tammie said. “I only ask for sympathy and understanding during this difficult time. To all the fans and supporters of Jason and our family, thank you for your kind words and wishes, and God bless you all.”