Jason David Frank’s wife has confirmed that the original Superman star’s death as a result of suicide.
Tammie Frank has spoken out in a record-setting bid for his departure and the status of their relationship, in a poignant statement provided to People magazine.
She said her husband “tragic lost his life to suicide last week”, at the age of 49.
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“Although Jason is a well-known name to some, we live a very normal life with ups and downs, just like anyone else.
She said: “I was shocked and unbelievably sad to see that the media had turned my family tragedy into a fictional story.
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“Since Jason’s death, I’ve been harassed online and can’t stand to see my husband’s reputation slandered.”
Frank said she and her husband had had to work through some issues in their marriage, adding that “his death shocked me as well as anyone else”.
“The truth is I didn’t know that Jason was thinking of ending it all,” she said.
“Yes, he has struggled with mental health issues and depression before, but I could never have predicted what would happen that night.”
According to Frank, their 19-year marriage had “troubles,” including the loss of her daughter Shayla just a year ago, whom she says her husband helped raise.
“Between losing her and helping raise her young son, Jason and I started having marital problems,” says Frank.
“For anyone who’s been through the pain of losing a child, I know you understand how that loss changes everything in your marriage.”
They decided to separate, she said, but six weeks ago opted for reconciliation, which included a weekend getaway they attended when he passed away.
She said that on the night of his death, they had a sincere conversation after returning from a bar event.
“To help Jason relax and wake up before bed, I went downstairs to grab a snack from the lobby,” she says. People.
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“I must have been gone for no more than 10 minutes. I went back upstairs and started knocking on the door but no one answered. I knocked repeatedly and kept calling his name to open the door.”
Frank ended her statement asking people to “stop making assumptions and let my family grieve peacefully”.
“All we want is to remember Jason and our happiest memories and get through the pain of losing a loved one. I just ask for your understanding and understanding during this difficult time.” she said.
“To all of Jason’s fans and supporters and our family, thank you for your well wishes and wishes and God bless you all.”
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