Power Rangers star and Shortland Street soap actor Pua Magasiva dies at 38

Power Rangers star Pua Magasiva has died at the age of 38.

The New Zealand actor, who also appeared in the country's long-running soap opera Shortland Street, was found dead this morning.

The tragic news was confirmed by his production company.

Pua plays Shane Clarke, the Red Wind Ranger in Power Rangers Ninja Storm, the 11th television instalment of the superhero franchise.

CNN reports that police were called to an address in Wellington this morning and found his body.

A cause of death has not yet been revealed.

Pua, a Samoan-born actor, starred as nurse Vinnie Kruse in hundreds of episodes of Shortland Street, after taking up the role in 2003, when he was at the height of his fame.

He left the soap but returned in 2012.

The soap's production company shared the sad news of his death in a statement on social media.

They said: "We are all absolutely devastated at the tragic news regarding Pua Magasiva.

"Pua was a much loved member of the South Pacific Pictures' family for many years and our hearts and thoughts go out to Pua's family at this time.".

His Power Rangers co-star Jason Chan also paid tribute.

He said: "Incredibly sad to hear that one of our ranger family is gone.

"It will never be the same again. PUA you will be so dearly missed. You were the center of energy on set and off. Always laughing, giggling and involved in practical jokes."

Pua was married to a teacher, Lizz Sadler. They tied the knot just last year.

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