“Power Rangers” star Jason David Frank allegedly battled depression and other mental health problems prior to his death, according to his close friend Mike Bronzoulis.
Bronzoulis told TMZ that Frank even left a voicemail for him the week before he died, allegedly saying he “needed to talk” and that he was “going through a lot.” The MMA fighter unfortunately didn’t hear the message until after his pal had died.
Bronzoulis also explained to the outlet that Frank was struggling with the losses of multiple friends and family members over the years — including many who died by suicide.
“Despite having tons of friends and getting love from thousands of fans, he often felt very lonely,” Bronzoulis alleged.
One death that weighed extra heavy on Frank was the loss of his mother, who lost her battle to cancer a few years ago.
“My mom was so full of life,” he wrote in an Instagram post in January 2018. “Miss my mom everyday. Pick up the phone or text your mom now tell her you love her. Do that for me cause I wish I could call mine.”
TMZ was first to report that Frank allegedly died by suicide on Nov. 20 following an argument with his on-again, off-again estranged wife Tammie Frank at a hotel in Texas one night prior.
Things between the two reportedly got heated, but they made up, only to argue again before Frank locked himself in his own separate hotel room.
Around 5 a.m. the following day, Tammie reportedly called the police to check on Frank when he wasn’t responding to her.
Frank rose to fame for his role of Tommy Oliver — the original Green and White Ranger — in “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” He was 49 at the time of his death.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.