After the internet swirled with rumours early on Sunday morning, a rep for Power Rangers star Jason David Frank has confirmed to Geek Ireland that the actor has sadly died.
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The actor rose to fame playing Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger, in the hit series and while the role was only set for 14 episodes, he proved to be so popular that he was brought back as the White Ranger and the new leader of the team.
Jason’s family haven’t released a statement on his death as of yet, but speaking to Geek Ireland, one of his agents shared that the rumours of his passing were ‘regrettably true’.
Ahead of hearing from Jason’s agent, two posts in particular alerted fans to the potential that the actor had died.
His trainer and close friend Mike Bronzoulis took to Facebook to share a picture of the two and said: ‘RIP my brother from another mother Jason David Frank 🙏 I’m still in shock💔 I’m feeling terrible he called left me a message and I took too long 😢
‘Jason was a good friend to me and I will miss him. Love n prayers for his wife Tammy and their kids, I pray that God gets yall through this difficult time.’
Artist BossLogic also seemingly confirmed the news by tweeting: ‘Rest in peace Jason David Frank Just talking to you a few weeks back… This is heartbreaking. My condolences to the family….
BIOGRAPHY AND WIKIPEDIA of Jason David Frank:
Frank was cast in the role of Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger. The role was set for 14 episodes. Due to the popularity of the character, he was brought back as the White Ranger and the new leader of the team.
Frank was supposed to be the lead character Adam Steele in VR Troopers (originally called “Cybertron”) and shot a pilot episode before being called back to Power Rangers. According to both Frank and Brad Hawkins, Hawkins’ character was to replace Tommy Oliver originally as the White Ranger on Power Rangers. However, due to Tommy Oliver’s popularity with Ranger fans, Frank was brought back, with Tommy Oliver becoming the White Ranger. Hawkins would take over on VR Troopers. The character Adam Steele was renamed Ryan Steele. After three seasons, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers transitioned into Power Rangers Zeo. The transition is part of the annual Ranger suit change to match the annual change of the Super Sentai series. Frank’s character became the Red Zeo Ranger (also called Zeo Ranger V).
The following year in Power Rangers Turbo, his character became the first Red Turbo Ranger. During mid-season, Frank and fellow cast members Johnny Yong Bosch, Nakia Burrise and Catherine Sutherland agreed to leave and were replaced.
After he left the series in 1997, Frank came back to Power Rangers as the Red Zeo Ranger in 2002 for the special 10th-anniversary episode, entitled “Forever Red”, in Power Rangers Wild Force, which brought back ten former Red Rangers, and reunited him with Austin St. John.
He then reprised his role in 2004 in Power Rangers Dino Thunder, as the Black Dino Ranger. During his time as the Black Dino Ranger, Frank was always shown in long-sleeved shirts to cover his tattoos on his arms.
This was also the case during “Forever Red” of ‘’Wild Force’’. Being the Black Dino Ranger was a favor to Douglas Sloan. He has joked that Saban and Disney are “both the same, they’re cheap” but that he was impressed with the production crew for Dino Thunder.
On August 21, 2009, Frank officially announced his signing with SuckerPunch Entertainment, [unreliable source?] a sports marketing and management company specializing in MMA. He began training with UFC lightweight Melvin Guillard.
Frank made his much anticipated MMA debut for the United States Amateur Combat Association at the company’s first event “Lonestar Beatdown: Houston” on January 30 at the Houston Arena Theatre. He defeated Jonathon “the Mack Truck” Mack in the first round by omoplata submission [unreliable source? Frank fought in his second fight at Lonestar Beatdown: Dallas on February 19 in Arlington, Texas. His opponent was Chris Rose who made his ring entrance wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles robe. Frank defeated Rose in round 1 by TKO (strikes).
On May 8, 2010, he fought for the Texas Rage in the Cage Amateur Association “Cage Rage 7” in State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. His opponent was James Willis. Frank defeated Willis via KO in 23 seconds of the first round with a rising knee.
Frank was scheduled to make his debut with Ultimate Warrior Challenge at their upcoming event on May 22 against James “Ray” Handy Jr. in a light heavyweight bout.
On May 21, Frank had announced on his official Facebook fan page that James Handy was injured and Carlos Horn would replace him, changing the fight to a heavyweight bout. Frank defeated Horn in the first round by an armbar submission. Since turning pro, Frank has expressed interest in signing a deal with Strikeforce and potentially fighting Herschel Walker.
Frank announced on his Facebook fan page that he would be scheduled to make his professional debut on August 4, 2010 in Houston at “Puro Combate #1.” He fought at heavyweight, with his opponent being Jose Roberto Vasquez. Frank won his pro MMA debut quickly at the time of 0:46 in the first round by a Rear Naked Choke Submission. Frank was scheduled for a Light heavyweight bout on December 9, 2010 at Puro Combate 3. The fight was canceled on December 8 due to his opponent not being medically cleared. He was then scheduled to face Shawn Machado on July 22, 2011 at Legacy FC 7. However, due to a possible biceps tear the fight was cancelled.