Jason David Frank, the actor best known for donning the Green and White Ranger personas as Tommy Oliver in the original run of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, has died at the age of 49.
As reported by TMZ, Frank’s representative, Justine Hunt, confirmed he died in Texas.
“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being,” Hunt said. “He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will truly be missed.”
Frank was there for the first season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in 1993 and began his tenure as the Green Ranger, who was working against the heroes and for the evil alien sorceress Rita Repulsa. He would eventually become a hero himself, and would even become the White Ranger and the new leader of the team.
Frank was only supposed to be on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers for 14 episodes, but he was brought back due to the popularity of the character. He would become a staple in the franchise, and would also appear in Power Rangers Zeo, Power Rangers Turbo, Power Rangers DinoThunder, and more.
While he was cast in a few other movies and shows, he became a professional fighter from 2008-2010 as he was an expert in a handful of martial arts styles. He even created his own style of American Karate called Toso Kune Do and was inducted to the World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 2003.
Jason David Frank is survived by his four children.