Pua Magasiva, Power Rangers Ninja Storm’s Red Wind Ranger, dies at 39

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I was wondering when and how my “tokusatsu” category would be brought back and used again, but I never wanted it to return for news like this.

When franchises become long runners, it does tend to happen that some of its stars pass away. Peter Jackson’s Middle Earth, JK Rowling’s Wizarding World and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, for instance, all have actors in their casts who are no longer with us.

Power Rangers is no exception. For instance, Machiko Soga (Rita Repulsa’s original actress) and Thuy Trang (Trini, the original Yellow Ranger) have both died, respectively in 2006 and 2001.

Trang, however, has been one of the only two actors who have played Rangers that passed away ever since that fatal car crash, with Peta Rutter, who played Udonna on Mystic Force, the second almost a decade years ago.

Until now.

Pua Magasiva, who played the role of Shane, the Red Wind Ranger on Power Rangers Ninja Storm, was found dead at his home. He was only 39, and the cause of his death remains unknown.

There is a tragic irony in the fact that the first Saban produced season (Mighty Morphin’) and the first Disney produced season (Ninja Storm) both have a Ranger actor who has died.

Shane was a fan favorite ever since its season premiered in 2003, and fans had hoped to see him make appearances during the show’s 20th and 25th anniversary events.

I wanted to make an article about his passing. I was only 8 years old when Thuy Trang died, and I only found it out years later, so this is the first time I actually find out immediately. With Peta Rutter, well, she passed away during those years where I wasn’t even aware that Power Rangers was still going on.

However, since I have no idea what else to say, I want to simply conclude it and honor his memory.

(Oh, you may be wondering why the article’s date is May 10th when he died on May 11th. Let’s just say it’s a long story that is irrelevant with this news)

IN LOVING MEMORY OF PUA MAGASIVA (1980-2019)

MAY THE POWER PROTECT YOU, ALWAYS

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2 Risposte to “Pua Magasiva, Power Rangers Ninja Storm’s Red Wind Ranger, dies at 39”

  1. Donna 13 Mag 2019 a 9:21 pm #

    Udonna, who played the White Mystic Force Ranger, also died.

    • ilblogvuoto 13 Mag 2019 a 9:25 pm #

      Yeah, I completely forgot about her. I should probably add it where I mention Thuy’s death

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