Pua Magasiva, age 38, has passed away. According to the New Zealand Herald, his body was found in Wellington, New Zealand this morning.
Magasiva, a Samoan who starred in television shows like Shortland Street in New Zealand, is best known in the West as Shane Clarke, the Ninja Storm Red Ranger. He played the role in the 2003 season, the first to be shot in New Zealand. He was the first, and so far only, Samoan Red Ranger.
No cause of death has presently been revealed for the actor, though the police said that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
On Twitter, Power Rangers fans are professing their appreciation for the actor and mourning his untimely loss.
— Power Rangers NOW (@PowerRangersNOW) May 11, 2019
Ninja Storm was an important Power Rangers season for me.
It was the first one that hit every note I could want in a show. Corny, action-packed, funny, dramatic, witty.
And it all relied on an amazing cast and crew.
Gonna miss you Pua Magasiva. Bless you, wherever you are. pic.twitter.com/xURSOJCTW9
— Elvis Dutan (@the_snickman) May 11, 2019
Saddened to hear the passing of Pua Magasiva, the #PowerRangers #NinjaStorm Red Ranger. Ninja Storm was the inaugural Disney season of Power Rangers. It was a unique season with lots of humor and heart that came from a great cast led by Mr. Magasiva. He left an impact on many. https://t.co/L1M0mhAYJr
— Ryan Clavin (@ryno1185) May 11, 2019
He’ll clearly be missed.