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Jason David Frank’s cause of death revealed by his wife

Dec 1, 2022, 11:58 AM
Jason David Frank's cause of death is revealed by his wife. Jason David Frank is pictured here in N...
Jason David Frank's cause of death is revealed by his wife. Jason David Frank is pictured here in New York in 2017. (Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images via CNN)
(Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images via CNN)

(CNN) — Jason David Frank’s wife has confirmed that the “Power Rangers” star’s death was a result of suicide.

In a statement provided to People, Tammie Frank, spoke out in an effort to set the record straight about both his passing and their relationship status.

She said that her husband had “tragically lost his life to suicide just last week.”

He was 49.

“While Jason was a well-known name to some, we lived a very normal life with ups and downs, just like anyone else. It has shocked and saddened me beyond belief to see that the media has turned my family’s tragedy into a tall tale,” she said. “Since Jason’s death, I have been harassed online and can no longer stand to watch my husband’s good name slandered.”

Frank said she and her husband had been working through some problems in their marriage, adding “His death comes as much a shock to me as anyone else.”

“The truth is, I had no idea that Jason was thinking of ending things,” she said. “Yes, he had struggled with mental health issues and depression before, but I could never predict what would happen that night.”

According to Frank, their 19-year marriage had its “troubles,” including the loss just a year ago of her daughter Shayla, whom she said her husband has helped raise.

“Between losing her and helping raise her baby son, Jason and I started having marital issues,” Frank said. “For anyone who has known the pain of losing a child, I know you understand how such a loss changes things in your marriage.”

They decided to separate, she said, but six weeks ago opted to reconcile which included a weekend getaway that they were on when he died.

The night of his death, she said, they had a heartfelt conversation after returning from an event at a bar.

“To help Jason relax and sober up before turning down to sleep, I went downstairs to get us snacks from the lobby,” she told People. “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 for his name to open the door.”

Frank ended her statement asking people to “stop making assumptions and leave my family to grieve peacefully.”

“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,” she said. “To all the fans and supporters of Jason and our family, thank you for your kind words and wishes and God bless you all.”


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Suicide prevention resources

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or exhibiting warning signs, call, text, or chat the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 which is answered 24/7/365 by crisis counselors at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute. All calls to legacy crisis hotlines, including the old National Suicide Prevention hotline, 1-800-273-8255, will also connect to a crisis care worker at the Huntsman Mental Health Institute as well.

Additional resources

  • SafeUT: Parents, students, and educators can connect with a licensed crisis counselor through chat by downloading the SafeUT app or by calling 833-3SAFEUT (833-372-33888)
  • SafeUT Frontline: First responders, including firefighters, law enforcement, EMS, and healthcare professionals can chat with a licensed crisis counselor at no cost 24/7/365 by downloading the SafeUT Frontline app.
  • SafeUTNG: Members of the National Guard can chat with a licensed crisis counselor at no cost 24/7/365 by downloading the SafeUTNG app.
  • Utah Warm Line: For non-crisis situations, when you need a listening ear as you heal and recover from a personal struggle, call 1-833 SPEAKUT 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m., 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
  • The Huntsman Mental Health Institute offers a wide variety of programs and services including suicide prevention and crisis services, hospital treatment, therapy & medication management, substance Use & addiction recovery, child & teen programs, and maternal mental health services including birth trauma, pregnancy loss, infertility, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • LiveOnUtah.org is a statewide effort to prevent suicide by promoting education, providing resources, and changing Utah’s culture around suicide and mental health. They offer resources for faith based groups, LGBTQ+, youth, employers, firearm suicide prevention, and crisis and treatment options.

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