A few weeks ago the fans of power Rangers They took the sad news that Jason David Frank, one of the veteran actors of the franchise, who played Tommy in several seasons of the show, had died. Reports indicated that Frank suffered from depression and that he was having a hard time with his wife, as they were separating, so after a lawsuit between the two, he hanged himself in the hotel room where they were staying. However, the wife of the deceased, Tammie, has released her version of events.
The news of Frank’s suicide shocked many fans who grew up watching him on television since they were children. He was there from the first generation, first as the Green Ranger, and later as the White Ranger. Appeared in the movie Power Rangers: The Moviethen returned to the franchise in a special of Power Rangers Wild Forceand had a leading role in Power Rangers Dino Thunder. In 2017, she had a cameo in the Power Rangers film reboot.
tammie frank spoke about the death of her husband with People, in response to harassment from fans who have blamed her for her tragic decision. To clarify what happened, the widow explained in detail what the day the actor died was like, and she explained the context, of which the general public was not informed (via Variety):
While Jason was a household name to some, we lived a very normal life with its ups and downs, just like anyone else. I have been shocked and saddened beyond belief to see the media turn my family’s tragedy into a false tale. Since Jason’s death, I have been harassed online and can no longer bear to see my husband’s good name maligned. Initially we 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.
According to Tammie, she and her husband were on a de-stress trip and went to a country dance event, then returned to the hotel where they were staying. When she went downstairs to get some snacks, it only took her about 10 minutes to come back, but when she came back she didn’t respond when she knocked on the door and called out to him.
I don’t know if the hotel staff or a guest called the police, but after the police took me downstairs, they were able to open the door and found that Jason took his own life. These were the “disturbances” that were mentioned numerous times online. I loved my husband and we were trying to work out our problems. His death is as shocking to me as it is to anyone else. The truth is, I had no idea Jason was thinking of ending things. Yes, he had struggled with mental health issues and depression before, but I could never predict what would happen that night.
According to information from other sources, the actor had depression problems and his family had a history of suicide. Frank’s friend Mike Bronzoulisrevealed to TMZ that his mother’s death from cancer a few years ago weighed heavily on him, and before he took his own life he sent her a voice message saying he needed to talk because he was going through too much. However, Bronzoulis did not discover the voicemail until after the tragic news of his friend’s death.
Depression is a real problem that for the first time is seen as something that must be treated and not as a sign of weakness that must be stigmatized. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we must not forget those we lost along the way.
If you or someone you know is considering taking their own life, contact your National Suicide Prevention Lifeline immediately:
Mexico: (55) 5259-8121, or visit http://www.saptel.org.mx/
USA: 988 (toll free in English and Spanish) or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Argentina: 135 (toll free) (011)5275-1135 or visit https://www.casbuenosaires.org.ar/