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'MythBusters' Star Grant Imahara Dead at 49 After Brain Aneurysm

Grant Imahara / Instagram
By Gary Trock

One of the former stars of Discovery's "MythBusters," Grant Imahara has died after suffering a sudden brain aneurysm. The 49-year-old electrical engineer and roboticist died Monday, a rep for Discovery confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

"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 statement from the network read.

It's currently unclear where Imahara was when he died, but THR reports he died suddenly of a brain aneurysm.

About Grant Imahara

Grant Imahara / Instagram

After graduating from USC, Imahara worked for Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic for 9 years and was involved in some of the biggest blockbusters of all time, including "Jurassic Park: The Lost World," " Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace," and "The Matrix: Reloaded."

Imahara was later tapped to join MythBusters by his friend and former co-star, Jamie Hyneman, and joined the Build Team alongside Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. Imahara was a staple on the Discovery show until he left in 2014.

Imahara later joined back up with Byron and Belleci for the short-lived Netflix series, "White Rabbit Project," that used scientific knowhow to explore popular subjects like superhuman powers and how to escape from jail.

Co-Stars React

Kari Byron / Instagram

As news of Imahara's passing broke on Monday evening, one of his co-stars has already reacted with an emotional tribute.

Kari Bryon took to Instagram shortly after his death was announced, and delivered a touching message:

"I’m so sorry. He was an amazing person. I was lucky enough to meet you guys while filming the zombie episode. You all have been a huge part of my life. My heart is with all of you and his family."

In 2016, Imahara became engaged to longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Newman, but it's unclear if they married.


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