Family and Fans Rocked as Beloved Star of Kids’ Show Dies Suddenly

Anyone who can call themselves a ’90s kid has undoubtedly had some experience with the popular live-action show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

Unfortunately, that means anyone who can claim to be a ’90s kid woke up to grim news on Sunday.

Jason David Frank, best known for his role as Tommy Oliver in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, has died at the age of 49.

His death was confirmed by his rep Justine Hunt to multiple outlets, including TMZ.

Sources also told TMZ that Frank’s death was the result of suicide.

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“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this terrible 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 be truly missed,” Hunt said in a statement.

Frank leaves behind his four children.

You can watch Frank’s television debut as Tommy Oliver/the Green Ranger in the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers series below:

Frank’s Tommy Oliver character originally debuted as a villain before a change of heart led him to become a good guy. Frank would also wear other colors as a Power Ranger, including white, black, and red.

Each new iteration of the Power Rangers usually results in a reshuffling of the cast, as new actors will play the roles of the differently colored Rangers. Franks Oliver is one of the few characters to buck this trend and become a recurring protagonist in the series.

A quick look at Frank’s IMDB page reveals that he was in the following Power Rangers variations: HyperForce, Megaforce, DinoThunder, Wild Force, Turbo, Zeo, and the first two live-action Power Rangers movies. It should be obvious that Frank has been inextricably linked with the Power Rangers since his debut in 1993.

Frank didn’t just feign fight giant monsters, he actually switched to real combat for a time in his life.

As SBNation notes, Frank went undefeated in a total of five mixed martial arts matches.

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He had four amateur fights, winning two by KO and two by submission in 2010. He won his only professional MMA fight by submission.

Unfortunately, a bicep injury derailed his second pro fight, and he never fought in MMA after that.

Unsurprisingly, tributes and praise flooded social media when news of Frank’s death broke.

A Twitter user paid tribute, sharing a picture of Frank and his various costumes:

Professional wrestler Johnny Gargano shared how big a fan he was of the Green Ranger:

Another Twitter user bemoaned the fact that Oliver’s death is so close to the death of another ’90s icon, Kevin Conroy, who served as Batman’s voice actor in Batman: The Animated Series:

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 988.

Bryan Chai has been a news and sports writer for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 articles. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.

Bryan Chai has been a news and sports writer for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 articles. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.

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