Mourning a tragic loss. Mighty Morphin Energy Rangers alum Amy Jo Johnson broke down in tears whereas honoring former costar and good friend Jason David Frank.
“I simply got here on right here as a result of I used to be feeling actually unhappy and actually it’s actually hitting house at present what had occurred and that he’s gone,” Johnson, 52, mentioned by way of Instagram video on Monday, November 21. “I don’t know. I simply considered all of you guys as a result of I understand how a lot you all meant to him and the way a lot you guys are in all probability in the identical quantity of ache and so unhappy.”
The Felicity alum, who starred alongside Frank on the Fox hit from 1993 to 1995, went on to say she missed her good friend “so stinking a lot,” earlier than noting what a “pressure” and “brilliant, loopy, wild, humorous mild” the actor was.
“All of his loopy voice messages on his fits, after which his humorousness, his positivity,” she gushed. “He was at all times similar to continually calling and texting me how proud he’s of me. I simply [am] gonna miss him loads as so lots of you guys are too. We’re gonna miss them a lot.”
Frank’s rep, Justine Hunt, confirmed to TMZ on Sunday, November 20, that the Texas native had died on the age of 49. “Please respect the privateness of his household and pals throughout this horrible time as we come to phrases with the lack of such an exquisite human being,” she instructed the outlet. “He cherished his household, pals and followers very a lot. He’ll actually be missed.”
Frank first entered the Energy Rangers franchise in the course of the unique Mighty Morphin Energy Rangers TV present as Tommy Oliver’s Inexperienced — and later White — Ranger. Although solely slated to seem in 14 episodes, Frank went on to star in 124 installments of the sequence.
The star returned for the 10-year anniversary particular, “Perpetually Purple,” on Energy Rangers Wild Pressure in 2002 and made a comeback as Dr. Tommy Oliver on Energy Rangers Dino Thunder in 2004. A decade later, Frank returned for an episode of Energy Rangers Tremendous Megaforce in 2014 and 2018’s Energy Rangers Hyperforce and Energy Rangers Tremendous Ninja Metal.
In 2017, he reunited with Johnson (who initially portrayed Kimberly, the Pink Ranger) for cameos within the Energy Rangers Film.
Throughout Monday’s heartfelt tribute, Johnson carried out a couple of songs in honor of Frank earlier than delivering a message concerning the significance of psychological well being.
“Anyone who’s on the market who’s feeling depressed and like there’s no hope, simply know that that’s not the way in which and there may be assist and also you do have a neighborhood right here,” she mentioned. “Simply attain out. Attain out for assist in case you are feeling like that. F—k-. It f—king sucks. Sorry for the swearing, however it actually f–king sucks. Sorry.”
She concluded her assertion by saying, “I understand how a lot you all meant to Jason, and it sucks.” She captioned the submit, “Just a bit second to spend with you all, fascinated by our buddy, JDF.”
The Canada native beforehand took to social media instantly following the loss of life of her very long time pal.
“Jase, you had been stunning and actually distinctive. My life simply received’t be the identical with out your frenetic, hilarious, caring, pushed and inventive ball of power. I’ll at all times love you, expensive good friend. Please Relaxation now In Peace,” she wrote alongside a selfie of the twosome.
For those who or somebody you understand is in emotional misery or contemplating suicide, name the Nationwide Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.