Grant Imahara: Mythbusters TV host dies suddenly at 49

Grant Imahara: Mythbusters TV host dies suddenly at 49

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Grant Imahara, the former co-host of TV science shows Mythbusters and White Rabbit Project, has died suddenly at the age of 49.

He also made special effects models for films including the Star Wars prequels.

The Discovery Channel, which aired Mythbusters and BattleBots, on which Imahara was a judge, described him as "a really wonderful man".

Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage wrote that he was "such a generous, easygoing, and gentle person".

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Twitter post by @donttrythis: 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. Image Copyright @donttrythis @donttrythis Report

Fellow Mythbusters and White Rabbit Project presenter Kari Bryon responded to the news by writing: "Somedays I wish I had a time machine."

Another of the shows' stars, Tory Belleci, said: "I just cannot believe it. I don't even know what to say. My heart is broken."

Before moving in front of the camera, Imahara worked for Lucasfilm's THX and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) divisions for nine years, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That involved making animatronic models for movies like The Matrix Reloaded, Galaxy Quest, XXX: State of the Union, Van Helsing, The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

He competed in Comedy Central's BattleBots before being recruited for Mythbusters, which uses science to test popular myths.

After leaving the show in 2014, he, Byron and Belleci moved on to Netflix's White Rabbit Project, described as ranking history's "greatest inventions, heists and more", which ran for one season.

Tributes were paid by fans, friends and followers, including actor Matthew Mercer and internet personality Gavin Free.

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Twitter post by @matthewmercer: There are rare, RARE people in this world that are made of pure love, light, and kindness. @grantimahara is one of the brightest. Not an ounce of malice within that soul. Intelligence and heart that eclipse so much shadow. His years of friendship are precious to so many. Image Copyright @matthewmercer @matthewmercer Report

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Twitter post by @GavinFree: RIP Grant Imahara. So shocking I just can’t believe it. It was a joy to watch and learn from him. Image Copyright @GavinFree @GavinFree Report

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