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Jason David Frank, ‘Power Rangers’ star and former MMA fighter, dies at 49

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Jason David Frank, best known for his role as Tommy, the original Green Ranger, in Power Rangerscommitted suicide at the age of 49.

Several people familiar with the situation confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Sunday.

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Born in California, Frank was cast as Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise in the early 1990s. He was originally planned to appear in 14 episodes, but the character of Frank was so beloved by the fans that he was brought back and became a main cast member before eventually appearing in 123 episodes of the series.

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Frank went on to appear in various Power Rangers projects, including two films released in 1995 and 1997.

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In addition to his acting career, Frank has been a lifelong martial artist, holding an 8th degree black belt in Shotokan Karate and a black belt in Taekwondo and Judo. He also had a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

In 2009, Frank announced his intention to move into mixed martial arts after training for most of his life. He built a 4-0 amateur career playing in Texas and Virginia. He made his professional MMA debut in 2010 when he won by submission in the first round for the Texas Cage Fighting promotion.

“Just go out there and do my best and prove that I’m a real fighter,” Frank said as he announced his plans to compete in MMA. “I’m not looking for any titles on purpose. Ultimately, I want to give my fans something to watch and be proud of.”

Frank’s longtime MMA manager Brian Butler of Suckerpunch Entertainment paid tribute to his client in an Instagram post on Sunday.

Frank is survived by four children.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, contact the National Suicide Prevention Line by dialing 988 from any phone.



Source: www.mmafighting.com

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