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#RIPJDF trends as fans are stunned by news of Jason David Frank’s death

Fans had #RIPJDF trending as they mourned the Green Ranger.

Jason David Frank as the Green Ranger
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Fans are reeling from today’s devastating news that actor-turned-MMA-fighter Jason David Frank has died. They took to social media with the #RIPJDF hashtag, eulogizing the legendary Green Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

The initial reports began circulating earlier today, and many were left wondering if it was a hoax. By early afternoon, the sad news was confirmed that Frank had died, reportedly having taken his own life. He left behind his wife and four children. He was 49 years old.

While nothing can compare to the pain and loss felt by his family, Frank’s devoted fans rallied together to remember the actor as #RIPJDF trended online.

He was best known for playing Tommy Oliver on the popular kids’ action-comedy series, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which ran from 1993-1996, as well as the show’s numerous spinoffs. 

After his time as the Green Ranger ended, JDF stayed in the spotlight as he used his martial arts expertise to transition into the world of MMA combat sports, boasting a record of 4-0 with two knockouts and two submissions. That doesn’t include his unofficial “fight” with Jean-Claude Van Damme at La Mole Comic Con in Mexico City five years ago.

Connecting to his MMA career, one Twitter user posted a timely clip featuring a fellow celebrity/MMA fighter, Phil Brooks, better known as professional wrestler C.M. Punk. When Brooks entered the world of combat sports, Frank had challenged him to a fight, which Brooks ultimately declined. Speaking during a past episode of AEW Dynamite, Punk urged those needing mental and emotional help not to be afraid to ask for it.

If you or someone you know is in danger of self-harm, contact the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988. You can find more information by visiting 988lifeline.org.

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Matt Tuck

Matt Tuck is the author of the novel Lost Bones of the Dead. He is a professional writer, avid comic collector, former teacher, and the Blogger Supreme. You can follow him on his Facebook page, The Comic Blog, or on Instagram at matt.tuck.writer.