November 30, 2022

Jason David Frank, the actor and combined martial artist who portrayed Tommy Oliver within the Mighty Morphin’ Energy Rangers franchise, has died at 49.

The information was first shared on Sunday (November twentieth) by Frank’s coach, Mike Bronzoulis, through Fb. It was later confirmed by his consultant Justine Hunt through TVLine, who mentioned in an announcement: “Please respect the privateness of his household and buddies throughout this horrible time as we come to phrases with the lack of such a beautiful human being. He liked his household, buddies and followers very a lot. He will probably be actually missed.”

Frank was an instantaneous Energy Rangers fan favourite upon his introduction on the kids’s motion collection’ first season in 1993. Although he initially donned the Inexperienced Ranger swimsuit, he additionally originated the White Ranger persona and later took on the mantle of the Purple Ranger and Black Ranger. Frank was a mainstay all through a number of solid modifications till he left the present in 1997. He reprised the function full-time in 2004’s Energy Rangers Dino Thunder and continued to make visitor appearances as Oliver into the late 2010s.

The long-running tv collection additionally led Frank to star in 1995’s Mighty Morphin Energy Rangers: The Film in addition to its feature-length follow-up in 1997. He made a cameo look as an unnamed bystander within the 2017 Energy Rangers revival alongside authentic Pink Ranger Amy Jo Johnson.

Exterior of the franchise, Frank had already wrapped what seems to be his last function because the lead in 2023’s Legend of the White Dragon. He was additionally an completed combined martial artist who achieved an eighth diploma black belt in karate and competed in each newbie {and professional} matches.

Reactions to the sudden lack of the Energy Rangers crew chief started to reach because the information was individually confirmed by graphic artist BossLogic, who shared his condolences through Twitter together with a message saying, “Simply speaking to you a number of weeks again… That is heartbreaking”

Walter E. Jones, the unique Black Ranger and Frank’s co-star, posted through Instagram: “Can’t imagine it…. RIP Jason David Frank🙏🏾. My coronary heart is unhappy to have misplaced one other member of our particular household.”

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