‘Power Rangers’ Star Jason David Frank Dead at 49

Actor Jason David Frank, who played the titular green/white Power Ranger in the popular 1990s TV series, has passed away. He was 49.

“Unfortunately, it is true,” a representative for Frank told sources. “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,” the rep added. “He will be truly missed.” It wasn’t clear right away what caused the death. Frank’s four children—sons Hunter and Jacob and daughters Skye and Jenna—are the only ones who will remember him.

His death comes 21 years after that of his co-star Thuy Trang, who was hurt in a car accident and died in 2001. She was 27.

Frank was best known for his role as Tommy Oliver in the first Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series, which ran from 1993 to 1996.

The actor, a martial artist in his spare time, also appeared in Power Rangers Zeo, Turbo and Dino Thunder. The late actor also had roles in the 1990s TV show Sweet Valley High, an episode of Family Matters, and an episode of We Bare Bears.

His IMDB page says that before he died, Frank was in the middle of filming Legend of the White Dragon as Erik Reed/White Dragon.

Walter E. Jones, who worked with Frank on the TV show Power Rangers, wrote on Sunday on social media, “Can’t believe it…. RIP Jason David Frank🙏🏾. My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, Jones, 51, said: “He was an inspiration to so many people. His presence will be dearly missed. It’s so sad to lose another member of our Ranger family.”

He added, “Jason was one of the biggest pranksters on the show. He had a wild sense of humor. We had our share of ups and downs, but I stayed consistent about being an ear if he needed one. My prayers go out to his family and all that will miss him. May he rest in Power.”

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