The sadness surrounding the year of 2020 continued Monday (July 13) with the news that Mythbusters host Grant Imahara died.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm. He was just 49 years old at the time of his death.
“We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant,” a spokesperson at Discovery told the outlet. “He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Originally an electric engineer and roboticist, Imahara gained quite a fan following not only via his hosting gig at Mythbusters, but also as a star on Netflix‘s White Rabbit Project.
“I’m at a loss,” tweeted Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage.“No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.”
I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) July 14, 2020
And even off the set, Imahara’s love for engineering always seemed to shine through. In an Instagram post in March, Imahara introduced his latest creation.
“Pleased to present my newest creation: a fully animatronic Baby Yoda,” he wrote. “It’s been three months of hard work and countless revisions. He’s a personal project that I started in early December. I did all the mechanical design, programming, and 3D printed the molds. He’s currently running a continuous sequence, but soon I’ll be able to trigger specific moods and reactions, as well as incorporate sound.”
Our condolences go out to Imahara’s family and friends.