He was an electric engineer and a roboticist, but the thing Grant Imahara will be remembered most for is as a co-host of the beloved science show “Mythbusters.” Imahara’s life was tragically cut short Monday by a brain aneurism at the age of 49.
Imahara also hosted a “Mythbusters” spin-off show for Netflix called “White Rabbit Project” that ran for 10 episodes. There’s no question he packed a lot into his time, as prior to his TV career he worked for Lucasfilm in the THX and Industrial Light and Magic divisions.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Imahara’s career involved working on some of the ‘most iconic characters in screen history’, ranging from R2D2 (he worked on all three Star Wars prequels) and the Energizer Bunny. On Mythbusters, he did everything from skydiving to driving stunt cars.
Everyone that worked with him was flooding social media with tributes.
Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage said on Twitter working with Grant was so much fun.
“I’m at a loss…Grant was truly a brilliant engineer, artist, and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON.”
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
His other co-hosts also posted tributes, and other celebrities echoed the gravity of the loss.
— Tory Belleci (@ToryBelleci) July 14, 2020
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) July 13, 2020
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) July 14, 2020
Horrible. He was such a light. https://t.co/OBXSGSsR3x
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 14, 2020
A spokesperson for Discovery said they were heartbroken about the news.
“He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”