After rumors swirled over the weekend that original ‘Power Rangers’ star Jason David Frank had passed away, reps who knew the actor-martial artist closely have now gone to press to confirm.
The actor, 49, first rose to fame portraying “Tommy Oliver,” the Green (and eventual White) Ranger, as part of the original ‘Power Rangers’ lineup of the early 90s.
At writing, Frank’s family hasn’t released a statement on the matter of his death, but one of his agents confirmed the report was ‘regrettably true.’
Before that, the star’s trainer took to social media early Sunday morning (November 20) to offer condolences and ask Jason’s fans to respect the family’s privacy.
While there are unconfirmed reports of the cause of Jason’s passing, sources close to him have shared his death is due to suicide. Official word from his camp has yet to be shared.
The news comes just three months after his wife, Tammie, made headlines for filing for divorce. It’s unconfirmed at the time of this report if the divorce has been finalized. Frank is survived by Tammie and four children Hunter, Jacob, Skye, and Jenna.
Jason is the second from the original lineup to pass away. Thuy Trang, the first Yellow Ranger, died in a tragic car accident in 2001 when she was 27.