The Red Ranger from Power Rangers Ninja Storm has passed away.
The NZ Herald reported that actor Pua Magasiva, who played Shane Clarke the Red Ranger in 2003, passed away on the morning of May 11, 2019. Magasiva was age 38.
The actor’s body was found dead my police at a house in Wellington, New Zealand.
At this time, the cause of his death is unknown. Police reported no known signs of suspicion surrounding his death. A coroner will be brought in for further examination.
Magasiva is survived by his wife Lizz, and two children.
The actor was also widely known for his role on Shortland Street, a New Zealand based soap opera.
Magasiva joins the small ranks of previous Power Rangers who have passed away, including Thuy Trang who portrayed Trini the original Yellow Ranger from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Peta Rutter who portrayed Udonna the White Ranger on Power Rangers Mystic Force.
Other notable Power Rangers actors to have died include Richard Genelle who portrayed Ernie on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Erik Ray Frank who portrayed David Truehart, the brother of Tommy Oliver, on Power Rangers Zeo, and Edward Albert who portrayed Mr. Collins on Power Rangers Time Force.
Magasiva’s passing caused an immediate outpouring of support from the Power Rangers community, including Pua’s season cast members, other former Power Rangers from various seasons, and Taika Waititi, the director of Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok.
Power Rangers Ninja Storm was the first season to be filmed in New Zealand, and one of the first seasons to air under Disney’s ownership of the brand after acquiring it from Haim Saban in 2002.
Magasiva’s most popular lines in Power Rangers history include: “Power of air!”, which he recited during his morph sequence, and “We may not be Power Rangers, but we still have power”, which he recited during the season’s final battle in the series finale.
Power Rangers Ninja Storm starred Pua Magasiva as Shane Clarke the Red Wind Ranger, Sally Martin as Tori Hanson the Blue Wind Ranger, Glen McMillan as Dustin Brooks the Yellow Wind Ranger, Adam Tuominen as Hunter Bradley the Crimson Thunder Ranger, Jorgito Vargas Jr. as Blake Bradley the Navy Thunder Ranger, and Jason Chan as Cam Watanabe the Green Samurai Ranger.
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