After a day of processing the loss of Power Rangers icon Jason David Frank, his longtime collaborator Amy Jo Johnson took to Instagram this afternoon to mourn with fans, talk about her boyfriend and sing a song for Frank. Johnson, who is also a director and musician in addition to her work as an actor, paid tribute to Frank with a heartfelt post yesterday, but today she delivered a raw, emotional 17-minute video of her talking to fans, crying and occasionally music played. She said she finally got to grips with the reality of the loss and wanted to share the experience with her Power Rangers fans.
Both Johnson and Frank returned to the Power Rangers franchise over the years, and both enthusiastically embraced fan culture and their place in geek circles. While Frank returned to the role of Tommy Oliver time and time again, Johnson branched out more and took fewer action-heavy roles on shows like Flash point and Secret Affairs.
“It really sinks in today what happened, and that he’s gone, and I was just thinking about you guys, because I know how much you meant to him,” Johnson said.
You can see her message below.
Yesterday, Johnson shared a convention photo of himself with Frank, captioning it, “Jase, you were beautiful and truly one of a kind. My life just won’t be the same without your frantic, hilarious, caring, driven and creative ball of energy. I will love you always, dear friend. Now please rest in peace…'”
Frank passed away on Saturday at the age of 49. Statements from his representatives revealed no cause of death.
The loss of Frank left many of his co-stars, who have known him on and off screen for 30 years, reeling, with many of them taking to social media to publicly process their grief along with the fans Frank loved.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers co-star Walter Emmanuel Jones increased social media yesterday to say he “can’t believe it, and” My heart is saddened to have lost yet another member of our special family.
Blake Foster, who appeared in Power Rangers turbosaid he was also stunned a post That being said “[I] cried all night. Another broken heart. I lost my hero, our leader, my friend and an icon.”
In addition to his work Power RangersFrank appeared in series like Sweet Valley high and Family matters in the 90s. After his time up Power Rangershis action hero creed propelled him to roles like Fall Guy: The Story of John Stewart and as Bloodshot in Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe. He also became known as a nerd culture figure, appearing in Having Fun: The Story of Funko and its own websites My changing life.
Legend of the white dragona project designed for Frank to play Ninjak producer Aaron Schoenke, is currently slated for a 2023 release, though that could change if Frank doesn’t complete work on the project.
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