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Grant Imahara Of 'Mythbusters' And 'White Rabbit Project' Passes Away Unexpectedly At Age 49

By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | July 14, 2020 |

By Jodi Smith | Celebrity | July 14, 2020 |


This week has been front-loaded with a lot of celebrity loss and the grief that comes with it. While we’re in a global pandemic that has taken over half a million lives, the death of someone like Naya Rivera or Kelly Preston provides a name and face for grief, making the outpouring of emotion so much more pointed and painful since it triggers a focus for the mourning of multitudes.

Grant Imahara, 49, passed away yesterday, reportedly from a brain aneurysm. This one was especially heartbreaking since I felt the need to break the news to my 15-year-old daughter, a huge fan of Mythbusters and Imahara since she was three-years-old. (She once made a light bulb explode in her room because she wanted to experiment on a hot bulb with cold water due to the show. She was fine, but we had to stress the “don’t try this at home” a bit more.) Her face fell and she quietly took in the news that someone so young, talented, and important to her and her love of science was gone.

Imahara was a mechanical engineer with a love of making robots, even assisting in the upgrading and operation of R2-D2 in the Star Wars prequels. He also created Geoff Peterson, the skeleton animatronic that served as the sidekick to Craig Ferguson on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Imahara was a judge for Battlebots, a television series he once competed on with his own robotic gladiators. His infectious enthusiasm, unapologetic nerdiness, and zest for life was undeniable and he will be missed in my household and a multitude of others.

Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.

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