Power Rangers star and New Zealand actor Pua Magasiva has died at the young age of 38. His body was discovered in Wellington over the weekend.
The NZ Herald reports police were called to a sudden death at an address in Wellington's business district that turned out to be related to the actor.
Magasiva played the Red Ranger in the Power Rangers Ninja Storm season. Tributes are pouring in from his coworkers, countrymen and fans -- including comic critic Elvis Dutan.
Ninja Storm was an important Power Rangers season for me.— Elvis Dutan (@the_snickman) May 11, 2019
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
Pua Magasiva was a prolific actor and host in his home country. He is also known for roles on prime-time soap opera Shortland Street and Outrageous Fortune.
Magasiva leaves behind a wife, a brother who is also an actor, and a child from a previous marriage. They and other family members are together in Wellington to mourn his loss.
"It is with deep sadness that the NZME family has today been told of the sudden death of Pua Magasiva," NZME chief executive Michael Boggs said in a statement. "At this incredibly difficult time our thoughts, prayers and condolences go to Pua's family, friends and his many colleagues. For us at NZME, Pua was a loved member of our radio team at Flava. We've been in touch with Pua's former work mates and are offering them support".
A South Pacific Pictures spokeswoman confirmed the death but offered no further comment.