Jason David Frank Cause of Death: Wife Confirms Power Rangers Star Killed Himself

Jason David Frank Cause of Death: Wife Confirms Power Rangers Star Killed Himself

Power Rangers star Jason David Frank’s cause of death was suicide, his wife has confirmed.

David Frank was confirmed dead on November 20 during a weekend with his wife at the age of 49, although no cause of death was provided at the time.

The actor was best known for playing Green Power Ranger Tommy Oliver in the Power Rangers franchise, with his latest film – Legend of the White Dragon – slated for release next year.

His wife Tammie Frank spoke to PEOPLE on behalf of their family, who said they had a heartfelt and moving conversation and are reuniting after a split when he took his own life during the trip .

Power Rangers star Jason David Frank’s cause of death was suicide, his wife Tammie Frank (pictured right) has confirmed. Tammie filed for divorce from the actor earlier this year

Jason was also an off-screen trained martial artist and fought professionally from 2008 to 2010.

Jason was also an off-screen trained martial artist and fought professionally from 2008 to 2010.

Jason has portrayed many different colored Rangers over the years, including green, white, and red, as he returned to the franchise for a handful of films.

Jason has portrayed many different colored Rangers over the years, including green, white, and red, as he returned to the franchise for a handful of films.

Jason (third from left) pictured with the original cast of the children's show, left to right David Yost, Thuy Trang, Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Walter Jones

Jason (third from left) pictured with the original cast of the children’s show, left to right David Yost, Thuy Trang, Jason David Frank, Austin St. John, Amy Jo Johnson, Walter Jones

“While Jason was a household name to some, we lived very normal lives with ups and downs just like anyone else. It shocked and saddened me beyond belief to see that the media has turned my family’s tragedy into a tall tale,’ Tammie said.

“Since Jason’s death, I have been harassed online and can’t stand to see my husband’s good name slandered,” she added. “I loved my husband and we were trying to work through our issues. His death shocks me as much as anyone else.

“The truth is, I had no idea Jason was thinking of ending things,” she said. “Yes, he had struggled with mental health issues and depression before, but I could never predict what would happen that night.”

Tammie remembers what happened the evening of November 19, the night her husband died.

She had filed for divorce earlier in the year after accusing the actor of infidelity, having been married to Jason since 2003.

But at the time of his death, they had called off their separation and were in the process of reuniting.

The previous year, Tammie’s daughter Shayla, whom she said Jason helped raise as her own, died unexpectedly.

Jason had found her when it happened, emotionally destroying the family.

“Between her loss and helping raise her baby, Jason and I started having marital issues,” she said. “For anyone who has experienced the pain of losing a child, I know you understand how such a loss changes things in your marriage.”

Tammie said the two decided to go their separate ways at that point, not knowing what else to do.

But six weeks ago they decided to rekindle their romance after a close family friend stepped in to try to bring them back together.

Jason planned a two-night getaway as part of their reconnect plan, attending a country dancing event.

They stayed in two separate hotel rooms because of Jason’s snoring, she added.

Jason (right) has made frequent martial arts and Power Rangers-related appearances at conventions across the country.  He is pictured above during a display at Wizard World Austin Comic Con in 2013

Jason (right) has made frequent martial arts and Power Rangers-related appearances at conventions across the country. He is pictured above during a display at Wizard World Austin Comic Con in 2013

“We danced and stayed at the event until the bar closed. When we got back to the hotel, Jason and I were having a heartfelt and moving conversation in his room,” she recalled.

“To help Jason relax and sober up before bed, I went downstairs to get us some snacks in the lobby. I must not have been away for more than 10 minutes. I went back upstairs and started knocking on the door with no response. I knocked several times and kept calling his name to open the door.

“I don’t know if the hotel staff or a guest called the police, but after being taken down by the police they were able to open the door and found that Jason had committed suicide,” she continues.

Jason is survived by his four children, sons Hunter and Jacob, and his daughters, Skye and Jenna.

Concluding her statement, Tammie asked people to leave her family to grieve in peace.

Tributes poured in from fans and friends sharing their memories of the movie star.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can get help by dialing 988, texting ‘STRENGTH’ to the Crisis Text Line on 741741 or going to 988lifeline.org to be put in touch with a certified crisis counsellor.

The Samaritans hotline can also be reached free of charge on 116 123 or by e-mail at jo@samaritans.org. You can also text SHOUT to 85258 for assistance, or visit www.samaritans.org to find a branch near you.

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