Those who lived their childhood and adolescence between the late 90s and early 2000s were surely fans of the television series. power Rangersone of the best known Tokusatsu. Throughout the almost thousand episodes that make up the 27 seasons of the series. Broadcast since 1993, it is based on images from the Japanese Super Sentai Series franchise, and its success was so great that between 2002 and 2009 it was owned by The Walt Disney Company.
Its actors became stars who have not been able to manage their fame, some with tragic stories in real life.
This Monday morning it was confirmed that the actor Jason David Frankthe green Power Ranger (who was also red and white), took his own life.
The news was confirmed by his representative, Brian Butler-Au, through a heartfelt post on Instagram, in which he left a moving farewell message: “I am very saddened by the news of the death of my friend and client Jason David Frank. Jason was a martial artist, best known for playing Tommy in the ‘power Rangers‘”, he claimed.
The tragedy was also addressed by Walter E. Jones, who gave life to the Black Ranger in the aforementioned children’s series. “I can not believe it. R.I.P. Jason David Frank. My heart is saddened to have lost another member of our special family,” he wrote on his Instagram post, in which he attached a picture alongside his former co-star.
Jones is right, Jason David Frank wasn’t the only member of the franchise to have passed away. Vietnamese actress Thuy Trangwho donned the yellow suit in the first seasons of the series, died on September 3, 2001 in a car accident.
She and a friend were passengers in a vehicle traveling along a San Francisco highway at night. At one point the driver lost control of the car and it spun violently until it collided with the rocky wall of the road. The driver was the only survivor. The chapter The lack of Circuit de power Rangers Time Force was dedicated to his memory.
New Zealand actress Peta Rutter also suffered a similar fate. Known for her role as the White Ranger in the season Mystic Forcebut also with minor works in other series and movies, died on July 20, 2010, at just 50 years old, due to complications from a brain tumor.
Fate played a trick on another of the actors who played the leader of the Rangers. But in this case, tragically. massive barb, the Red Ranger from the Ninja Storm saga, was found dead on May 11 last year at his Wellington home. The police did not report the cause of death and, according to the Daily Mail At that time, there are no suspicious circumstances that reveal that the death was due to a crime.
The deaths tragic do not end there. Richard Michael Genelle, Ernie In the series, the owner of the bar where the vigilantes went, died in December 2008, at the age of 47, of a heart attack.
A cardiac event also claimed the life of Robert Marahan, the voice of zordonthe Rangers’ mentor, at 43.
Machiko RopeJapanese actress and singer with extensive experience in anime in her country, put herself in the shoes of the evil and remembered Rita Repulsa in the Mighty Morphin power Rangers. In August 2005 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and on May 7, 2006 a friend of hers found her dead when she went to visit her at her house. She was 68 years old. In her memory, the producers of power Rangers Mystic Force they used footage of him in the final episodes of the season.
david jost He played the remembered Blue Ranger for the first four seasons. However, from one day to the next, his character disappeared. His sudden departure was explained under the pretext that he had to travel to the planet of the Alien Rangers to heal an illness without a cure on Earth and then he decided to stay there, to put his knowledge at the service of the race. Then it was learned that the actor actually resigned because he was a victim of discrimination due to his sexual orientation on the recording set. The interpreter said that he did therapy for the suffering and trauma caused by the abuse.
The true interpreter of the red Power Ranger was austin st john, a martial arts specialist who was 17 years old at the time. After the second season of the series, rumors began to circulate that he had turned to pornography. For this reason his fans and his industry turned their backs on him, and his career as his artist was cut short.
He got jobs as a paramedic and firefighter, while flatly denying having participated in XXX tapes. Of course, at that time, without the Internet, it was more difficult to deny the versions that had already been published in the media. Some time later it was learned that it had all been a mistake: they had confused him with a porn actor who called himself Porn Ranger.
Ricardo Medina Jr.interpreter of the red Power Ranger in power Rangers Wild Force and one of the villains in power Rangers Samurai, was arrested on February 1, 2015, accused of stabbing with a sword and murdering his roommate in California. A few days later he was released but the investigation continued and, finally, on March 30, 2017, he was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty.