The curse of the Power Rangers: the deaths, tragedies and mysteries that surround its actors

Introducing the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

TV series power Rangers It is one of the best known of Tokusatsu: a genre to which live action movies and programs (almost always Japanese) where intensive use of special effects is made. Broadcast since 1993, it is based on footage from the Japanese franchise super sentai seriesand its success was so great that between 2002 and 2009 it was owned by The Walt Disney Company.

The story begins with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, after an alien witch, Rita Repulsa, escapes from her space prison. Along with her minions, she established a castle on the Moon and began an attack on Earth, with the goal of conquering it. But zordona sorcerer trapped by rita in a hole in time, and his robotic assistant, Alpha 5recruited a team of teenagers to become the power Rangers and defend the planet.

First there were five lucky and brave young people in charge of this plan, and then a sixth was added. Throughout the almost thousand episodes that make up the 27 seasons of the series, the power Rangers They have become benchmarks of loyalty and kindness for more than one generation of children. Behind these colorful and seemingly unbreakable armors hide actors who, on many occasions, had to face terrible fates.

Jason David Frank, the green Power Ranger
Jason David Frank, the green Power Ranger

This Sunday, a new tragic chapter was added for the emblematic fiction with the death of Jason David Frank, the green Power Ranger. The news was confirmed by his representative, Brian Butler-Au, through a heartfelt post on Instagram, in which he left a moving farewell message: “I am very saddened by the news of the death of my friend and client Jason David Frank. Jason was a martial artist, best known for playing Tommy in ‘Power Rangers,’” he stated.

“He was a true martial artist and I had the pleasure of managing him for the fights he competed in. If someone you know may be depressed, please check them out,” he added. In this way, it was indicated that the reasons behind the death of David Frank (still unclear) would be related to mental health issues.

The tragedy was also addressed by Walter E. Jones, who gave life to the Black Ranger in the aforementioned children’s series. “I can not believe it. R.I.P. Jason David Frank. My heart is saddened to have lost another member of our special family,” he wrote on his Instagram post, in which he attached a picture alongside his former co-star.

In this way, he adds to a string of deaths that included various illnesses, a terrible accident, a murder on top of a yacht, and even a crime that we will detail below.

MURDERERS AND PRISONERS

Ricardo Medina Jr.
Ricardo Medina Jr.

Ricardo Medina Jr.., interpreter of power rangers red in Power Rangers Wild Force and one of the villains in Power Rangers Samurai, was arrested on February 1, 2015, accused of stabbing with a sword and murdering his roommate in California. A few days later he was released but the investigation continued and, finally, on March 30, 2017, he was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty. In addition to his work on the children’s series, he had made appearances on the show emergencies and in CSI Miami.

Skylar DeLeon
Skylar DeLeon

On November 15, 2004, the murder of the married couple caused a shock in the United States. Thomas Y jackie hawks, occurred in Arizona. They owned a luxurious yacht and, after using it as a permanent home and to travel the world, that year they decided to put it up for sale. A man called Skylar DeLeon He offered $440,000 for the boat. In the first meeting she had with the couple, they accepted the offer. In the second, where they were supposed to complete the transaction, the Hawks lost their lives.

The case became even more important when some local media claimed that DeLeon had put himself in the shoes of the red superhero in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the most successful stage of the program. However, the error was later found: she had actually appeared in only one episode, broadcast in 1994, in which she played a child as an extra and did not even have a script.

The historic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, played by Johnny Young Bosch, David Yost, Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, Karan Ashley and Steve Cardenas (Photo: Moviestore/Shutterstock -1600845a-)
The historic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, played by Johnny Young Bosch, David Yost, Amy Jo Johnson, Jason David Frank, Karan Ashley and Steve Cardenas (Photo: Moviestore/Shutterstock -1600845a-)

The bodies of the hawks they never showed up but Of Lion He acknowledged the crime, admitted that his objective was to collect the money and keep the yacht. He was also found guilty of the death of Jon Jariv, a 45-year-old man whom he decapitated to take 50,000 euros, which occurred in 2003. Finally, the former actor of the power Rangers he was found guilty of three counts of first degree murder and sentenced to death by lethal injection. He is still on death row at San Quentin State Prison.

POWER RANGER AND PORN ACTOR?

Austin St. John, during the presentation of one of the Power Rangers movies (Photo: Richard Shotwell/Shutterstock -8550402ff-)
Austin St. John, during the presentation of one of the Power Rangers movies (Photo: Richard Shotwell/Shutterstock -8550402ff-)

The true interpreter of the red Power Ranger was austin st john, a martial arts specialist who was 17 years old at the time. After the second season of the series, rumors began to circulate that he had turned to pornography. For this reason his fans and his industry turned their backs on him, and his career as his artist was cut short.

He got jobs as a paramedic and firefighter, while flatly denying having participated in XXX tapes. Of course, at that time, without the Internet, it was more difficult to deny the versions that had already been published in the media. Some time later it was learned that it had all been a mistake: they had confused him with a porn actor who called himself Porn Ranger

MYSTERIOUS AND TRAGIC DEATHS

The historic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Photo: Moviestore/Shutterstock -1570633a-)
The historic Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Photo: Moviestore/Shutterstock -1570633a-)

Fate played a trick on another of the actors who played the leader of the Rangers. But in this case, tragically. Pua Magasiva, the red Ranger from the Ninja Storm saga, was found dead on May 11 of last year at his home in Wellington. The police did not report the cause of death and, according to the Daily Mail At that time, there are no suspicious circumstances that reveal that the death was due to a crime.

Thuy Trang
Thuy Trang

This was not the only case of unexpected death. Vietnamese actress Thuy Trang, who donned the yellow suit in the first seasons of the series, died on September 3, 2001 in a car accident. She and a friend of hers were passengers in a vehicle traveling along a San Francisco route at night. At one point the driver lost control of the car and it spun violently until it collided with the rocky wall of the road. The driver was the only survivor. The chapter The lack of Circuit of Power Rangers Time Force It was dedicated to his memory.

New Zealand actress Peta Rutter also suffered a similar fate. Known for her role as the White Ranger in the season Mystic Forcebut also with minor works in other series and movies, died on July 20, 2010, at just 50 years old, due to complications from a brain tumor.

The tragic deaths do not end there. Richard Michael Genelle, Ernie In the series, the owner of the bar where the vigilantes went, died in December 2008, at the age of 47, of a heart attack. A cardiac event also claimed the life of Robert Marahanthe voice of zordonthe Rangers’ mentor, at 43.

Machiko Soga, in the skin of Rita Repulsa
Machiko Soga, in the skin of Rita Repulsa

Machiko RopeJapanese actress and singer with extensive experience in anime in her country, put herself in the shoes of the evil and remembered Rita Repulsa in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. In August 2005 she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and on May 7, 2006 a friend of hers found her dead when she went to visit her at her house. She was 68 years old. In her memory, the producers of Power Rangers Mystic Force they used footage of him in the final episodes of the season.

DISCRIMINATION IN THE POWER RANGERS

David Yost, the Blue Ranger. In the image, together with his companions from the film released in 1995, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jason Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, Karan Ashley and Steve Cardenas (Photo: Jim Townley/Saban/Toei/Kobal/Shutterstock -5872710c-)
David Yost, the Blue Ranger. In the image, together with his companions from the film released in 1995, Johnny Yong Bosch, Jason Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, Karan Ashley and Steve Cardenas (Photo: Jim Townley/Saban/Toei/Kobal/Shutterstock -5872710c-)

david jost He played the remembered Blue Ranger for the first four seasons. However, from one day to the next, his character disappeared. The sudden departure was explained under the pretext that he had to travel to the planet of the Alien Rangers to heal an illness without a cure on Earth and who later decided to stay there, to put his knowledge at the service of the race. Then it was learned that the actor actually resigned because he was a victim of discrimination due to his sexual orientation on the recording set. The interpreter said that he did therapy for the suffering and trauma caused by the abuse.

ALMOST A TRAGEDY

Jason David Frank
Jason David Frank

The last unfortunate event linked to the power Rangers starred the former actor and mixed martial arts fighter Jason David Frank, who wore the mythical green suit for several seasons (and on occasion also the red one). In 2017, a man was arrested after trying to bring a shotgun and three loaded handguns into the Phoenix, Arizona Comic Con with the intent to kill Frank, but was quickly apprehended by police.

“I just want him to go to jail and get psychiatric help,” Frank said at the time. That’s how it was: at the beginning of the year he was sentenced to 25 years in prison, a sentence he is serving in the Arizona State Psychiatric Hospital, after being declared mentally ill.

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The curse of the Power Rangers: the deaths, tragedies and mysteries that surround its actors