Former Mythbusters television host Grant Imahara has tragically passed away. The TV personality was also a very accomplished electrical engineer and roboticist who had become a familiar face on the series.
Tributes have flown for Imahara, who was just 49 years old.
Fans and co-stars have taken to social media to express their grief over the loss of a very talented man, describing the genius who was Grant Imahara.
Sadly, Imahara’s cause of death has been attributed to a brain aneurysm. Imahara spent the best part of his career reaching new heights in the field of technology and science, and following the news of his death, his talents have been remembered.
Imahara’s early career trained him for later projects in big-budget films where he was responsible as a chief model maker specialising in animatronics for major cinema. Some of his best-known work is seen in the Star Wars prequels, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.💔 https://t.co/AqiW4zQxD1
— MythBusters (@MythBusters) July 14, 2020
Imahara first joined the Mythbusters team in 2005 and was along for the journey for just under ten years before the cast went their separate ways in 2014. His co-host, Adam Savage, has been particularly heartbroken by the news:
“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.”
Imahara has been remembered by many:
Grant Imahara has sadly passed away at the age of 49. Imahara was an ILM modeler and animatronics technician who worked on the prequel trilogy. His work included building robots for the films and controlling R2-D2’s movements. May the Force be with you. pic.twitter.com/Uz98lSLNRM
— Star Wars Holocron (@sw_holocron) July 14, 2020
Needed some time to gather my thoughts on @grantimahara. Even now, I feel like it’s an impossible task. How do you quantify someone as stellar as Grant? Words aren’t enough, but we’ll keep trying anyway because the world should know how incredible he was…(1/4)
— Marisha Ray (@Marisha_Ray) July 14, 2020
Logging off soon since the pictures people are posting are killing me, but despite @grantimahara being one of the smartest people I’ve ever known, it was his kindness that defined him. A selflessness that radiated strength. Always beaming with pride and love for those around him.
— Taliesin Jaffe (@executivegoth) July 14, 2020