Power Rangers alum Jason David Frank's cause of death revealed as wife speaks out amid rumours

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  • Tammie Frank is dispelling rumours about her marriage to Power Rangers alum Jason David Frank.
  • The actor died by suicide in November at the age of 49.
  • Now, the star's wife is addressing rumours about disturbances coming from their hotel rooms on the night of Frank's death as she urges the public to "leave [her] family to grieve peacefully".

Tributes came pouring in for actor Jason David Frank who died in November at the age of 49.

The star was best known for his role as Tommy Oliver from the original run of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise, which debuted in 1993.

Fans will remember he was the Green Ranger in Season 1 and was introduced as an enemy of the Power Rangers, only to become good. After his powers deteriorated, however, he was turned into the White Ranger and became the group's new leader.

In a new interview with People, his wife, Tammie Frank, confirms the actor died by suicide but said she was "shocked and saddened" that the media prematurely reported so and "turned [her] family's tragedy into a tall tale".

"Since Jason's death, I have been harassed online and can no longer stand to watch my husband's good name slandered," she says, before dispelling rumours about their marriage, which they were in the process of fixing during a weekend away when Frank took his life.

"The truth is, I had no idea that 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. It was meant to be a fun weekend getaway, and instead, I lost the love of my life. Jason was a good man, but he was not without his demons. He was human, just like the rest of us."
-- Tammie Frank

The star's wife says though they had their "ups and downs" during their 19-year marriage, they were in the process of reconciling after an "especially hard year".

"A year ago, my daughter Shayla, whom Jason helped me raise as his own, suddenly passed away. Jason had been the one to find her when it happened, and the situation wrecked our family emotionally. Between losing her and helping raise her baby son, Jason and I started having marital issues. For anyone who has known the pain of losing a child, I know you understand how such a loss changes things in your marriage," she explains.

But after the two reunited, they went away for the weekend, and though they had separate rooms – "that's just how we do things; simply put, my husband snored," she explains – and received noise complaints on the night Jason died, she assures it's because the two were having a good time.

"We danced and stayed out at the event until the bar closed. When we got back to the hotel, Jason and I were having a heartfelt and emotional talk in his room. To help Jason relax and sober up before turning down to sleep, I went downstairs to get us snacks from the lobby. I must've been gone no more than 10 minutes. I went back upstairs and began knocking on the door to no answer. I knocked repeatedly and kept calling his name to open the door.

"I don't know if the hotel staff or a guest called the police, but after I was taken downstairs by the police, they were able to open the door and found that Jason took his life," she recalls.

Urging the public to "stop making assumptions and leave [her] family to grieve peacefully," she says: "All we want is to remember Jason and our happiest memories, and move on from the pain of losing a loved one. I only ask for sympathy and understanding during this difficult time."    


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