Jason David Frank passed away over the weekend

Jason David Frank confirmed dead over the weekend

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Jason David Frank was a beloved figure from the 1990s when he played Tommy Oliver in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series.

Of all the alums in the franchise, Frank was one of, if not the most active actor.

However, on November 19, Jason David Frank passed away at the age of 49.

The news

Jason David Frank died in Texas over the weekend.

His manager Justine Hunt confirmed the Green Ranger actor’s death.

The details of Frank’s death haven’t been released.

However, Hunt asks fans to respect the privacy of the actor’s family and friends “during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being.”

Walter Jones, the first Black Ranger and Frank’s co-star in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, took to Instagram to grieve and wrote:

“Can’t believe it…. RIP Jason David Frank. My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family.”

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Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

Jason David Frank found success as the Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.

The show debuted in 1993 on Fox Kids and ran for three years as audiences marveled at the costumed kung-fu fighting superheroes.

Frank’s character initially started as an antagonist with a limited appearance.

However, his charisma gained the admiration of fans, and he became a series regular.

Frank went on to have roles in other Power Rangers shows and movies, including:

  • Zeo
  • Turbo
  • Wild Force
  • DinoThunder
  • Ninja Steel

Other ventures

Jason David Frank is also famous for his martial arts skills.

He was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame and the Black Belt Hall of Fame.

Frank has also performed many of the stunts in the Power Rangers franchise.

He was an eighth-degree black belt in karate and studied Taekwondo, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai.

Jason David Frank started practicing karate at age four and earned his first black belt at twelve.

In 1994, he established several martial arts schools.

Frank has also mastered an exclusive fighting system called Toso Kune Do, which translates to “Way of the Fighting Fist.”

Toso Kune Do incorporates different styles of martial arts.

At the end of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, actor Kyoshi met Rick Herbster, his eventual business partner for many years.

The two also ran the Rising Sun Karate Academy, where Frank taught until his death.

Frank then made his MMA debut in 2010 at the Lonestar Beatdown event in Houston, Texas.

He managed to defeat Jonathan “the Mack Truck” Mack in the first round.

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What could have been

Of all the actors in Power Rangers, Jason David Frank has been the most active and has appeared across several generations of the franchise.

He also appeared with original star Amy Jo Johnson in the 2017 Power Rangers reboot film as citizens wearing their respective colors.

Frank was set to appear in an upcoming film.

The Aaron Schoenke film “Legend of the White Dragon” follows Frank as the white dragon himself.

The Green Ranger actor is survived by his children, Hunter, Jacob, Skye, and Jenna.

Reference:

Jason David Frank, ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ star, dies at 49

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