MythBusters Host Grant Imahara Dies at 49


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The engineer and roboticist also co-hosted the Netflix series White Rabbit Project.

Said a representative for Discovery Channel, which aired
: “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.” According to
The Hollywood Reporter
as the result of a brain aneurysm.
Born in Los Angeles on October 23, 1970, Imahara grew interested in engineering almost immediately, As he once
, “My love of engineering goes way back. When I was 3 years old, I got my first LEGO set. I would say it changed my life, but at that age, I really didn’t have much experience to go on, so better to say it helped shape the way I look at solving problems.

I learned to work within a modular system and to use the parts at my disposal to build what I imagined. And what I imagined, essentially, was a career in engineering.”
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, Imahara was hired by Lucasfilm’s THX division. Soon after, he began to work for the company’s Industrial Light and Magic special effects house as leader of the model shop. Imahara worked on
George Lucas
Star Wars
prequels, with a specific focus on updating and maintaining the fleet of R2-D2 droids used in the films. Imahara was also credited as model maker on the two

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