Grant Imahara, known for his work on Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, has died. The likeable roboticist/electrical engineer was just 49 when he succumbed to a sudden brain aneurysm.
Merging his love for robotics and screenwriting, Imahara got his first start in the business working at the Lucasfilm-associated THX labs where spent nine years as an animatronics model maker — working on films like the Star Wars prequels, The Matrix, Van Helsing, Jurassic Park and Terminator 3.
In a 2008 interview with Machine Design, Imahara was quoted saying, “When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.”
His close friends and colleagues took to Twitter to express their sadness, reminding fans once more how his positive and caring attitude made him such a likeable host.
I haven't found the words. I don't know if I'll be able to. I lost a part of my heart and soul today.
He was so generous and kind, so endlessly sweet and so loved by his incredible friends. I feel so lucky to have known him, to have loved & been loved by him.
I love you, honey. pic.twitter.com/d7secP1Ols
— Jenny N (@Jennernugen) July 14, 2020
— Tory Belleci (@ToryBelleci) July 14, 2020
There are rare, RARE people in this world that are made of pure love, light, and kindness. @grantimahara is one of the brightest. Not an ounce of malice within that soul. Intelligence and heart that eclipse so much shadow. His years of friendship are precious to so many.
— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) July 14, 2020
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
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) July 13, 2020