The show Mythbusters had a lot of things that made it great. But what’s remembered most of all were the five main hosts that were with the show basically from the beginning and helped make science cool for almost a decade and a half. Sadly, one of those hosts, Grant Imahara, has died.
Grant was the “robot wizard” of the group if you will. He was brought in during Season 3 after another teammate left and was already familiar with hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. He was put on the Build Team who dealt with their own myths and projects while also helping Adam and Jaime at times. He died suddenly of a brain aneurysm, he was only 49 years old.
“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,” a representative for Discovery said in a statement on Monday.
Fellow Build Team Member Kari Byron tweeted this after hearing of her friends’ death:
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) July 13, 2020
Mythbusters host Adam Savage posted the following:
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
As a fan of Mythbusters myself, I am truly heartbroken by this. Grant wasn’t just a brilliant man, he was a person who believed in the fun and wonder of science. He loved his Mythbusters crew and continued to work with them in various capacities throughout his life.
Thank you for your love of science, thanks for the epic robot army you made on Mythbusters and beyond, thanks for that cameo you made in the Eureka Series Finale, thanks for never being afraid to show your geek side in regards to Star Trek, Star Wars, and more, and thank you for being a person that made so many people happy and want to learn science and engineering.
Rest in Peace, Grant Imahara.