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Tragic: Christian Actor and Beloved Power Rangers Star Dies Suddenly

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Tragic news.

“Jason David Frank, best known for his portrayal of Tommy Oliver in the ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’ franchise, died at the age of 49,” as reported by The Western Journal.

TMZ has received confirmation from Frank’s representative, Justine Hunt, that the actor’s death was a result of suicide.

“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 truly be missed,” Hunt told TMZ.

Frank is survived by his four children.

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The Power Ranger franchise posted a statement to their Instagram that reads, “All of Ranger Nation is deeply saddened by the loss of Jason David Frank. JDF brought countless smiles to fans over the years and will be greatly missed.”

 

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Frank played Tommy Oliver, the Green Power Ranger, in Season 1 of The Power Rangers in 1993 before becoming both the Red and Black Power Ranger. He also led a group of superheroes as the White Power Ranger.

Besides acting, he was a professional MMA fighter, a Christian, and founder of the first Christian-based MMA apparel company, Jesus Didn’t Tap.

In 2014, Frank told CBN News that his relationship with Jesus began after the death of his older brother, Erik Ray Frank.

“I didn’t really understand what the whole church thing was about and then” Frank said. “When I lost my brother it was like people were telling me I need God and all that stuff, and I was like, ‘If one more person tells me that, then that is what it is.'”

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He visited his wife’s church and “the tattoo-covered super hero felt right at home at Crosby Church in Texas. Its pastor, Keenan Smith, helped start Team Impact, a group of traveling professional athletes wowing crowds with their exploits.”

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“TMZ earlier reported that Frank’s second wife, Tammie, filed for divorce from him in August,” according to Fox 26 in Houston.

Our prayers are with his family and friends as well as all the fans who looked up to him as an actor, martial artist, and Christian.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.

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Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.
Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a writer, speaker, Christian coach and disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored five books with a sixth on the way. Though she has degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori learned the most from studying her Bible in life’s trenches. Rhode Islander. Wife, mom, grandmom, retired homeschool parent, part-time giant-slayer. Visit her at www.loriroeleveld.com.




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