Jason David Frank, original Green Power Ranger, dies at age 49

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Actor and mixed martial artist Jason David Frank, who played the original Green Ranger on the hit TV franchise “Power Rangers,” has passed away, a representative said Sunday.

“Please respect the privacy of his family and friends at this terrible time as we process the loss of such a wonderful human being,” a representative said in a statement Sunday. “He loved his family, friends and fans very much. He will be truly missed.”

The cast of the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers”, including Frank as the White Ranger (left), pose in cement at Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood after the release of their first film, “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie”, in 1995 .

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Additional details about his death were not immediately released.

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Jones was among those who expressed their condolences on social media on Sunday.

“My heart is saddened to have lost yet another member of our special family,” he wrote.

Frank had an eighth degree black belt – two degrees below the highest degree of 10 – and founded his own martial art style called Toso Kune Do. This style was based on the teachings of American martial arts masters, including Bruce Lee and Ed Parker, according to a website for his martial arts school.

Philip Lewis contributed reporting.

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