The Power Rangers community has expressed its sorrow at the death of actor and mixed martial artist Jason David Frank on November 19 at the age of 49.
Let the Green Ranger go
In the 1990s, Frank played the Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. There are currently requests for the franchise to honor Frank by retiring this Ranger.
Frank would have only appeared in 14 episodes of the show as Tommy Oliver, the Green Ranger’s alter ego.
However, the character was much more well-liked than the writers had anticipated, and Frank continued to be a regular cast member for a total of 124 episodes before switching to the White Ranger.
Towards the end of the 1990s, the actor reprised his role as Tommy Oliver in Power Rangers Zeo and Power Rangers Turbo. He also starred in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie.
The countless notes fans have left in tribute to Frank following his demise demonstrate how much of an influence he had on Power Rangers.
Reddit user corndogs1001 recalled a time when they were in line for an autograph from the actor when they realized how much it would cost and decided to leave.
“JDF was constantly, just like Conroy lived as Batman, breathed as being the Ranger and kept it going his entire career,” the user said. When Frank realized they were waiting, he went looking for them in the convention center lobby and invited them to pose for a picture.
His representative, Justine Hunt, issued the following statement to TMZ: “Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this awful time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being.”
He had a deep love for his fans, friends, and family. Although the exact cause of Frank’s passing has not yet been determined, numerous stories indicate that he committed suicide.
It may be that the character is retired out of appreciation for his important time as the Green Ranger.
One admirer said, “I grew up watching him. This man was my hero. R.I.P to the GOAT! Power Rangers should retire the Green Ranger.” This would be one way to recognize Frank’s contributions and the years of commitment he showed to the position.
Our deepest condolences to the bereaved family.