Grant Imahara, host of the popular science television show, MythBusters and Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, died on Monday, July 13, at the age of 49.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grant passed away suddenly after a brain aneurysm.
Discovery released a statement on Monday saying:
“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,”
Grant was a trained electrical engineer and roboticist and used his technical expertise to build and design robots, as well as run the computers and electronics needed to test out the myths on the show MythBusters. Grant joined Discovery’s show in 2005 and continued with it until 2014 when he left with his co-hosts, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. The trio reunited in 2016 for Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, which lasted for one season.
Grant’s co-host Kari Byron posted a photo of the trio on Twitter after hearing the news, saying, “Somedays I wish I had a time machine.”
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) July 13, 2020
MythBuster’s co-host, Adam Savage, also shared his feelings on Twitter saying, “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.”
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
Grant was born in Los Angeles on October 23, 1970, and attended the University of Southern California for electrical engineering. However, he contemplated switching his major to become a screenwriter. Fortunately, he was able to combine his two passions when he landed a post-graduation job working in the THX and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) divisions for Lucasfilm-associated THX labs.
From 2013 to 2017, Grant starred in several episodes of the fan-made web series Star Trek Continues. He played Hikaru Sulu, a lieutenant, helmsman, and third officer on the USS Enterprise, in the show that was an unofficial continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Grant Imahara during this incredibly difficult time.
Watch Grant in the video below hosting a show about the home of the future.