Power Rangers co-star Amy Jo Johnson pays tribute

On Sunday, Power Rangers Fans were saddened to learn of the death of Jason David Frank, the actor best known for his work as Tommy Oliver in the massive Power Rangers franchise. The actor was 49 years old. Now his co-star Amy Jo Johnson pays tribute to Frank, writing in an Instagram post that her “life just won’t be the same” without him, as she shares a photo of herself with Frank at a fan event.

“Jase, you were beautiful and truly unique,” Johnson wrote. “My life just won’t be the same without your frenetic, hilarious, caring, driven and creative ball of energy. I will always love you dear friend. Please rest in peace now.”

Frank passed away on Saturday 19 November at the age of 49 and his death has been confirmed by TMZ. In a statement, a representative for Frank asked for privacy for his family and friends at this difficult time.

“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this terrible time as we process the loss of such a wonderful human being,” the representative said. “He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will be truly missed.”

Johnson is not alone in sharing her reaction to Frank’s passing. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers co-star Walter Emmanuel Jones took to social media this morning to express his grief and disbelief, saying he “can’t believe it” and “My heart is saddened to have lost another member of our special family.”

Blake Foster, who appeared in Power Rangers turbosaid he was also stunned in a post that said: “[I] cried all night. Another broken heart. Lost my hero, our leader, my friend and an icon.”

Frank would return to the franchise in many other ways over the years. Frank’s Tommy Oliver served as a legendary Ranger figure for the franchise as a whole across the TV series, video games, comics and more, becoming one of the mainstays fans most associate with the series.

In addition to Power Rangers, Frank had a successful career spanning film, TV and mixed martial arts. Ranked in six different types of marriage arts, including an 8th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, Frank was able to use his real athletic talents both as an athlete and as a performer in stunt and combat-heavy roles.

At the beginning of his career, Frank had small roles in series such as Sweet valley high and Family matters. After becoming synonymous with Tommy Oliver, Frank’s action hero creed led 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 and appeared 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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