Actor and combined martial artist Jason David Frank, maybe greatest identified for his position as Tommy Oliver within the Energy Rangers franchise has died on the age of 49. In line with TMZ, his reps confirmed the information, saying in an announcement:
“Sadly, it’s true. Please respect the privateness of his household and pals throughout this horrible time as we come to phrases with the lack of such an exquisite human being. He beloved his household, pals and followers very a lot. He’ll actually be missed.”
Frank was solid in his most recognizable position, that of Tommy Oliver within the collection Mighty Morphin’ Energy Rangers from 1993 to 1996. He would go on to reprise the position a number of instances through the years, in movie and tv — most just lately in 2018 — and in addition lent his voice to the character in video video games as effectively. A perennial presence within the franchise, he additionally made a cameo look within the 2017 Energy Rangers reboot.
Along with appearing, Frank was a loyal and enthusiastic martial artist. He was an Eighth Diploma Black Belt in karate, and was a devoted scholar of quite a lot of martial arts kinds. He additionally practiced combined martial arts, even competing publicly on a number of events.
His Mighty Morphin’ Energy Rangers co-star Walter E Jones, who performed Black Ranger Zack Taylor, took to Instagram to recollect his late buddy, saying “My coronary heart is unhappy to have misplaced one other member of our particular household.”
Past the appearing roles for which he was greatest identified — or certainly due to it — Frank was a continuing presence on the conference circuit, attending one almost each weekend. Beloved by followers throughout generations, Frank at all times made an effort to interact along with his followers at their stage, and as personably and personally as doable.
Our condolences exit to his household, pals and family members.