Position: Former NCIS Supervisory Special Agent who led the Major Case Response Team
Cause of Death: Stab wound
Michael “Mike” Franks will forever be remembered for being Leroy Jethro Gibbs’s mentor. Franks, who was a Marine and served in the Vietnam War, taught Gibbs everything he needed to know about being an effective and respected leader.
While Franks moved to Mexico following his departure from NCIS, he still made many appearances on the show, by helping Gibbs solve cases and by saving his late son’s fiancée and daughter.
Before his death, Franks agreed to help Gibbs investigate a serial killer. One night, Franks stepped outside of Gibbs’s home and sensed the serial killer, Jonas Cobb, was nearby. In an effort to protect Gibbs, Franks challenged Cobbs to a fight and ultimately died from a stab wound to the chest. Gibbs never fully recovered from Franks’s death.