Jason David Frank’s wife — not estranged — confirms suicide

Jason David Frank, the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” star who died in Texas on November 19, took his own life, his wife confirmed in an interview on Wednesday. She also said they reconciled in the weeks leading up to his death in their 19-year marriage.

Tammie Frank told People that she spoke out because she had been “harassed online” since his death and “couldn’t take it any longer to see my husband’s good name slandered.”

While it was widely reported that Tammie Frank had filed for divorce this summer, she clarified that they decided to reconcile about six weeks before Thanksgiving and were enjoying what was supposed to be “a fun weekend getaway” for a country dance event when her husband died.

“[W]We had broken up and were in the process of reuniting,” she said. “Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had ups and downs and a lot of issues during our 19-year marriage, but this has been a particularly tough year for us.”

The sudden death last year of her daughter Shayla — whom Jason Frank helped raise as his own — hit her particularly hard, she said. They raised their daughter’s son afterward, and the entire trauma “emotionally devastated our family.” The Franks split at the time, but recently a close family friend successfully encouraged them to get back together.

Tammie Frank also offered some details about what happened where they were staying during the country dance event — the hotel where Jason David Frank died.

They got two rooms because Jason Frank snored, she said. They had danced that night and stayed in the hotel bar until it closed.

A noise complaint that came in earlier in the evening was prompted by them being fun and not fighting, TMZ reported. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the couple had a second argument and said Jason locked Tammie out of his room, details she denied in the People interview.

“To help Jason relax and sober up before I went to sleep, I went downstairs to get us some snacks from the lobby,” Tammie Frank said. “I must not have been gone more than 10 minutes. I went back upstairs and started knocking on the door but no answer. I knocked repeatedly and called his name over and over to open the door.”

She said she wasn’t sure who called the police, but authorities took her downstairs and then opened up Jason Frank’s hotel room. He was found dead. She did not provide any information about his means of suicide.

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

Tammie Frank publicly shared her grief on Instagram on November 21.

“The loss of my soulmate,” she wrote. “Jason, I can’t go on without you! You’re my World! Yes, we had our struggles like any marriage. But months ago we agreed that saving is worth it. Deep conversations, vulnerability, forgiveness on both sides. I am deeply lost, hurt and utterly devastated. I lost my one true love. I’ll be your Firecracker baby forever…until we get back together.”

She closed the post with a broken heart emoji.

Resources for suicide prevention and crisis counseling

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, seek help from a professional and call 9-8-8. The first nationwide three-digit mental health emergency hotline, 988, in the United States will connect callers with trained mental health counselors. In the US and Canada, text “HOME” to 741741 to reach the crisis text line.

“Some of you ‘fans’ really need to get your act together!” one person wrote in comments on the post a week ago. “I understand everyone is upset (myself included) but at the end of the day we are HIS FANS and I’m pretty sure the last thing JDF wants is for his FANS to start attacking his family. Some of you need to realize that when the cameras were off and the downsides were over, he was a husband, father, son, mentor, etc. What’s even crazier is that some of you stand by Jenna’s side and offer her condolences, but then turn around and start attacking your mother? Make this s— meaningful. Be respectful and leave this woman alone.”
Jason David Frank, who was 49 when he died, was an actor and martial artist. He started out as a villain in the 1990 hit “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” but was soon added to the hero group as Green Ranger, Tommy Oliver. He later returned as the White Ranger, the team’s leader.

He had numerous roles in Power Rangers spinoffs beginning in the late 1990s and through the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/tv/story/2022-12-01/jason-david-frank-suicide-wife-power-rangers Jason David Frank’s wife — not estranged — confirms suicide

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