Grant Imahara — an electrical engineer, roboticist, and former co-host of “MythBusters” — has passed away at age 49.
Per numerous outlets, the Discovery personality died suddenly following a brain aneurysm.
“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,” a representative for the channel said in a statement Monday.
Imahara — who graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering — joined the popular science show in its third season and left the show after 2014.
He then reunited with his “MythBusters” co-stars Kari Byron and Tory Belleci for the 2016 Netflix original series “White Rabbit Project.”
Prior to his television fame, Imahara worked at LucasFilms for nine years in the THX and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) divisions. While there, he worked on George Lucas’ “Star Wars” prequels, as well as “The Matrix Reloaded,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Galaxy Quest,” “XXX: State of the Union,” “Van Helsing,” “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” “A.I. Artificial Intelligence,” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.”
In a 2018 interview with Machine Design, Imahara explained why he became an engineer.
“I liked the challenge of designing and building things, figuring out how something works and how to make it better or apply it in a different way,” he said. “When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.”
After the devastating news went viral, Adam Savage, a former “MythBusters” co-host, paid his respects on Twitter.
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
In 2016, TMZ reported that Imahara proposed to girlfriend Jennifer Newman with a vintage 1.56 carat ring, reportedly worth around $20,000. It is unclear if the two were together prior to Imahara’s passing.
Our condolences go out to Grant’s family and loved ones for their loss.