Mythbuster Grant Imahara Dies from Brain Aneurysm

The engineer was 49.

In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Grant Imahara arrives at the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles.
In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Grant Imahara arrives at the Creative Arts Emmys in Los Angeles.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Grant Imahara, the longtime host of Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters,” died from a brain aneurysm, the network said Tuesday.

Imahara died Monday at the age of 49.

“We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant,” the network said in a statement. “He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

Along with his “MythBusters” fame, Imahara was known for starring on Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project.” He became popular in Hollywood for his talents in electronics and recently showcased his creation of a fully animatronic Baby Yoda.

Imahara also hosted the show "Engineering Big Ideas for Mouser Electronics.


Discovery said on its website that Imahara dedicated his life to using his skills to make people smile. The network said he was one of the few trained operators for the famed R2-D2 droid from the Star Wars franchise and engineered the Energizer Bunny’s popular rhythmic beat.

Former “MythBusters” co-host Adam Savage delivered a heartfelt message about Imahara on social media.



Kari Byron and Tory Belleci were co-hosts with Imahara on “Mythbusters” and “White Rabbit Project.” Both said they are heartbroken and stunned by the recent death of their colleague and friend.




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