News | International
13 Aug 2020 6:15
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > International

    MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara dies aged 49

    MythBusters co-hosts pay tribute to colleague Grant Imahara, who has died suddenly aged 49 after reportedly suffering a brain aneurysm.


    Former MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara has died suddenly aged 49 after reportedly suffering a brain aneurysm.

    His long-time MythBusters colleague, Adam Savage, paid tribute to the electronics and robotics expert on Twitter:

    Discovery Channel, the maker of MythBusters, also released a statement, saying it was "heartbroken" by the news.

    Imahara joined MythBusters in 2005, two years after the show started. He was a member of the "build team" alongside Tory Belleci and Kari Byron, and helped design experiments for the show.

    Before his career on camera, Imahara spent nine years at Lucasfilm's Industrial Light & Magic, where he started working after gaining an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California.

    He had visual effects credits for The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003), as well as the Matrix sequels.

    One of his projects also involved helping to design the lighting for R2-D2 in the Star Wars prequels:

    Imahara was a fan of Star Wars and earlier this year showed off an animatronic Baby Yoda he had created following the release of TV show The Mandalorian:

    He was also a Trekkie, and had acting credits on fan productions Star Trek: Renegades (2015) and Star Trek Continues (2012).

    After leaving MythBusters in 2014, Imahara made Netflix's White Rabbit Project (2016), another science investigation show which ran for one season. He was a co-host along with his fellow MythBusters alumni Belleci and Byron.

    Two years ago, during an AMA on Reddit, Imahara was asked which projects he wished he could have pursued on MythBusters.

    He replied:

    "The holy grail is the upside-down race car. By virtue of its design, an Indy race car has enough downward force at speed to run inverted. Just needed (1) a helical track (2) an Indy race car and (3) a driver."

    Imahara also did consultant work for Disney Imagineering, which builds theme park attractions.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Imahara suffered a brain aneurysm before his death.

    In August 2019, another MythBusters presenter, American jet-car speed racer Jessi Combs, died after crashing during an attempt to break the world land-speed record for a woman in Oregon's Alvord Desert.

    She was awarded the record posthumously last month.

    © 2020 ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved


     Other International News
     12 Aug: Five easy ways to lower your household carbon emissions
     12 Aug: Kamala Harris is Joe Biden's VP pick to take on Donald Trump. Here's what you need to know about her
     12 Aug: Four COVID cases were enough for New Zealand to lock down Auckland. Here's what we know
     12 Aug: Joe Biden announces Kamala Harris will be his vice-president pick to take on Donald Trump
     12 Aug: How will the Democratic and Republican conventions be held during the coronavirus pandemic? Here's what we know
     12 Aug: Finding Freedom book details what led to Harry and Meghan's split from royal family
     12 Aug: Papua New Guinea is walking a tightrope on coronavirus, so it's abandoned lockdowns
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    The return to covid-19 level 3 in Auckland spells sporting uncertainty again More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr's revealed the events of the last 24 hours did not sway the decision to expand the Quantitative Easing programme More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Roman Kemp has paid an emotional tribute to his Capital breakfast show producer Joe Lyons, who tragically died last week 6:01

    Rugby League:
    The Brisbane Broncos have responded to allegations up to 10 players broke NRL covid-19 protocols 21:57

    Entertainment:
    Lara Asprey and Juan Custodio are expecting a baby boy 21:31

    Health & Safety:
    Experts believe Covid-19 isn't contained in Auckland 21:17

    Entertainment:
    Antonio Banderas has tested positive for Covid-19 21:01

    Entertainment:
    Claudia Schiffer had a security guard to watch her underwear 20:31

    Entertainment:
    Lin-Manuel Miranda says his friendship with Andrew Scott boosted his sex appeal 20:01

    Entertainment:
    Tessa Thompson doesn't worry about her activism affecting her work opportunities 19:31

    Entertainment:
    Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio have bonded over their love of motorbikes 19:01

    Living & Travel:
    Air New Zealand is prepared for a drop in domestic flights 18:57


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2020 New Zealand City Ltd