Jason David Frank, Original Green Power Ranger, Dies at 49

Jason David Frank, who portrayed the original Green Ranger Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise, dies by suicide at the age of 49.


Power Rangers star Jason David Frank has passed away at the age of 49. The star is best known for playing the Green Ranger Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise. However, he also held roles in projects like Transformers: Titans Return, We Bare Bearsduck Family Matters.


MMA fighter Mike Bronzoulis announced that his friend, Frank, died by suicide. In his loving note, he expressed his condolences to the family of the Power Rangers star, saying that he “was a good friend to me and I will miss him.” News of Frank’s passing was conveyed to Screen Rant yesterday and confirmed overnight by his management. The statement as well as reactions from fellow Power Rangers stars, Walter E. Jones and Blake A. Foster, can be found below.

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“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. He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will be truly missed.”

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Jason David Frank’s Impact As An Original Power Ranger Explained

Jason David Frank, aka Tommy Oliver on Power Rangers

Frank was a major part of the legacy of the Power Rangers franchise, originating the role of the Green Ranger before becoming the White Ranger and the leader of the team. He would then go on to play the Red Turbo Ranger in Power Rangers Turbobefore eventually leaving the series in 1997. However, he made additional appearances on later Power Rangers projects including a 2002 Power Rangers Wild Force episode celebrating the franchise’s 10th anniversary, the series Power Rangers Dino Thundera season finale of Power Rangers Super Megaforceand the 2017 film reboot Power Rangerswhich did not feature a Green Ranger in the main storyline.

His final appearance in the franchise was a 25th anniversary episode of Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel, which aired in 2018. He then went on to announce his official retirement from the franchise earlier this year. In addition to being a major part of many fans’ childhood nostalgia, Frank continued to be a part of their lives by attending conventions and fan events across the world, continuing to honor his legacy in the Power Rangers franchise. This includes teaching a class on how to be a Power Ranger at a 2018 event.

The news of his death has traveled quickly, and tributes have come pouring in from fans across the globe, expressing their condolences for his friends, coworkers, and family. Frank’s legacy has also been celebrated by several members of his Power Rangers family on social media. This includes a sweet note from Blake A. Foster, who played eventual Blue Turbo Ranger Justin Stewart in Power Rangers Turbowho said that he “Lost my hero, our leader, my friend and an icon.” Walter E. Jones, who played the Black Ranger Zack Taylor, also shared that “My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family.”

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