Jason David Frank, star of ‘Power Rangers,’ dies

Jason David Frank, who played green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver on the 1990s children’s series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” has died. He was 49 years old.

Justine Hunt, Frank’s manager, said in a statement Sunday that Frank has passed away. She did not name a cause of death or say when he died, but she asked for “privacy from his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being.”

Walter Emmanuel Jones, the original Black Power Ranger who co-starred with Frank in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” wrote on Instagram that he couldn’t believe it. “My heart is heavy to have lost another member of our special family,” Jones wrote. Thuy Trang, who played the original yellow Power Ranger, was killed in a car accident in 2001 at age 27.

“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” about five teenagers tasked with saving Earth from evil, debuted on Fox in 1993 and became a pop culture phenomenon. Early in the first season, Frank’s Tommy Oliver was first seen as a villain, having been brainwashed by the evil Rita Repulsa. But soon after, he was inducted into the group as the Green Ranger and became one of the most popular characters on the show.

Although his role was not intended to be permanent, Frank was later brought in as the White Ranger and the team’s leader. In the spin-off TV series, Frank’s Tommy Oliver also returned as other rangers including Red Zeo Ranger, Red Turbo Ranger, and Black Dino Ranger. He also played it in the movies “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie” and “Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie,” and made a cameo appearance in the 2017 “Power Rangers” remake.

A practitioner of martial arts, Frank fought in several mixed martial arts bouts in 2009 and 2010.

TMZ previously reported that Frank’s second wife, Tammie Frank, filed for divorce from him in August. Frank is survived by four children; one from his marriage to Tammie Frank and three from his first marriage to Shawna Frank.