In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2022

Jason David Frank, greatest recognized for enjoying the inexperienced Energy Ranger within the hit '90s superhero collection, has died.

The actor's rep confirmed his passing to People Nov. 20. Frank was 49 years outdated. The reason for his loss of life was not made public.

"Sadly, it's true," his rep informed the journal. "Please respect the privateness of his household and associates throughout this horrible time as we come to phrases with the lack of such a beautiful human being."

Frank, a local of Covina, Calif. and a combined martial artist, is survived by his youngsters—sons Hunter and Jacob and daughters Skye and Jenna.

"He beloved his household, associates and followers very a lot," the rep informed Folks. "He can be actually missed."

Frank can be survived by his estranged spouse Tammie Frank, who filed for divorce from the actor in August in Texas, the place they stay, in accordance with court docket data obtained by E! Information.

Frank rose to fame enjoying Tommy Oliver, the bad-turned-good Inexperienced Ranger, in season one of many unique youngsters's collection Mighty Morphin Energy Rangers in 1993. He made his debut within the five-part episode "Inexperienced with Evil."

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Frank, who usually promoted the franchise and met with followers at conventions, didn't simply play the inexperienced Energy Ranger. In season two of Mighty Morphin Energy Ranger Rangers, his character turns into the White Ranger, carrying a gold, white and black costume. In season three, Tommy turns into the White Ninja Ranger.

Frank continued on with the franchise, once more enjoying Tommy, this time because the Purple Zeo Ranger, on Energy Rangers Zeo. The actor then portrayed Tommy because the Purple Turbo Ranger within the 1997 movie Turbo: A Energy Rangers Film. Frank's character would go on to steer a crew of Purple Energy Rangers on the present Energy Rangers Wild Pressure and earn his PhD in paleontology at MIT earlier than showing because the Black Dino Thunder Ranger in Energy Rangers DinoThunder in 2004.

Within the 2013 collection Power Rangers Megaforce, successfully the 20th installment of the Energy Rangers collection, Frank returned to play one of many franchise's Legendary Rangers. Within the 24th installment, the present Energy Rangers Tremendous Ninja Metal, the actor reprised his function once more, donning a number of of his outdated costumes.

Additionally in the course of the '90s, Frank starred on exhibits reminiscent of Household Issues and Candy Valley Excessive-—which was produced by Haim Saban, creator of the Energy Rangers franchise. The actor's most up-to-date onscreen initiatives have been the movies Underdogs Rising, which has but to be launched, and Legend of the White Dragon, which remains to be in manufacturing.

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Frank's co-star Walter Jones, who performed Zack Taylor, the Black Ranger on the unique collection, paid tribute to the actor on Instagram after information of his loss of life was made public, posting a throwback picture of the 2 with fellow Mighty Morphin' Energy Rangers stars Austin St. John (the Purple Ranger) and David Yost (the Blue Ranger) on the Los Angeles premiere of the 2017 movie Energy Rangers, which starred different actors within the title roles.

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 "Cannot imagine it…. RIP Jason David Frank," Jones wrote. "My coronary heart is unhappy to have misplaced one other member of our particular household. #jasondavidfrank #jdf #walterejones #greenranger #whiteranger #mmpr #maythepowerprotectyou #tommy."

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