The recent unfortunate demise of Jason David Frank didn’t leave any Mighty Morphin Power Rangers fan unshaken. Frank had a large fan base who loved his portrayal of the Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver. As the actor committed suicide on November 19 this year, numerous rumors started to rise about the reason for this drastic decision taken by him. Addressing all the theories, his widow Tammie Frank finally opened up about how the actor was fighting his own demons unknown to anyone.
Talking to People, Tammie Frank spoke about her late husband, Jason David Frank, and how his sudden demise had affected the whole family. She didn’t hesitate to address the online media spreading useless rumors about his suicide and how it affects her to witness her late husband’s name to be slandered like this.
Why did Jason David Frank commit suicide?
On November 19, it was confirmed that the Tommy Oliver fame passed away in Texas at the age of 49. The actor took his life while he and his wife Tammie Frank were on a weekend getaway. Appearing in an interview with People, Tammie Frank revealed that Jason David Frank didn’t open up about his inner troubles with anyone and the media reports are spreading a lot of wrong information in his name.
Earlier various reports indicated that Frank argued with his wife before taking his life during their getaway which was planned to rekindle their failing bond. Tammie Frank even filed for divorce in August this year. According to her, the reports didn’t state that the couple was also planning to reunite recently before the unfortunate incident took place.
“We initially planned to separate; that part is true. However, that is only part of the story. The part that hasn’t been told is that at the time of his passing, we had called off our separation and were in the process of reuniting.”
The duo married in 2003 after Frank divorced his first wife Shawna in 2001. Recalling what happened that night in Texas, Tammie Frank narrated the whole scenario.
“To help Jason relax and sober up before turning down to sleep, I went downstairs to get us snacks from the lobby. I must’ve been gone no more than 10 minutes. I went back upstairs and began knocking on the door to no answer. I knocked repeatedly and kept calling for his name to open the door. I don’t know if the hotel staff or a guest called the police, but after I was taken downstairs by the police, they were able to open the door and found that Jason took his life.”
Similar to everyone, the unfortunate loss of Jason David Frank also came as a shock to his wife, and she asked the media to not malign his name anymore.
Jason David Frank’s family is affected by the media
Tammie Frank was open to stating that the late actor was battling depression and inner troubles but she could never imagine this outcome. She couldn’t predict the fatality of the inner demons that the Family Matters actor was hiding within himself.
“He was not without his demons. He was human, just like the rest of us. … While Jason was a well-known name to some, we lived a very normal life with ups and downs, just like anyone else.”
She further added how it’s very painful for her to watch the family tragedy being turned into some sort of story by the media outlets to attract the audience. She asked everyone for their sympathy and cooperation during this hard time.
“It has shocked and saddened me beyond belief to see that the media has turned my family’s tragedy into a tall tale. Since Jason’s death, I have been harassed online and can no longer stand to watch my husband’s good name slandered. All we want is to remember Jason and our happiest memories and move on from the pain of losing a loved one. I only ask for sympathy and understanding during this difficult time.”
A full-feature Power Rangers film titled Legend of the White Dragon is currently in its post-production and is slated to release in 2023. This will mark the final appearance of Jason David Frank along with some former Power Rangers actors like Jason Faunt, and Ciara Hanna.