Grant Imahara has died aged 49.
The MythBusters presenter passed away on Monday (July 13) after suffering a brain aneurysm, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A statement from Discovery read: "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."
Imahara — who was also an electrical engineer — joined the science TV series MythBusters in the third season and was known for making the robots and other electronics for the various experiments on the show. After appearing in more than 200 episodes of Mythbusters, he and co-hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci left the show in 2014.
Byron and Belleci reunited with Imahara on 2016 Netflix show White Rabbit Project, which saw the trio look into unusual events from history, such as heists and jailbreaks.
Former MythBusters co-host Adam Savage led tributes to Imahara, praising him as a "truly brilliant engineer".
He wrote on Twitter: "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. (sic)"
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
Belleci wrote: "I just cannot believe it. I don't even know what to say. My heart is broken. Goodbye buddy @grantimahara (sic)"
Byron tweeted: "Somedays I wish I had a time machine. @ToryBelleci @grantimahara We had so many adventures. You taught me so much. (sic)"
We had so many adventures. You taught me so much. pic.twitter.com/okxnTtpLjf— Kari Byron (@KariByron) July 14, 2020
Imahara also dabbled in acting, appearing as Lt. Masaru in 2015's Star Trek Renegades, and he played the part of Mr. Sulu in the 11 episodes of the Star Trek Continues web series.
Born on October 23, 1970, in Los Angeles, Imahara worked for LucasFilm as an engineer, and was chief model maker at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), where he worked on George Lucas' Star Wars prequels, as well as movies including The Matrix Reloaded, Van Helsing, and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. — BANG
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