Grant Imahara, host of ‘MythBusters’ and ‘White Rabbit Project,’ has died

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Grant Imahara, host of ‘MythBusters’ and ‘White Rabbit Project,’ has died

Grant Imahara, host of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" and Netflix's "White Rabbit Project," has died, according to a statement from the Discovery

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Grant Imahara, host of Discovery Channel’s “MythBusters” and Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project,” has died, according to a statement from the Discovery Channel. He was 49 years old.

The host was known in Hollywood for his work in electronics and animatronics.
“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 Discovery sent to CNN said.
No cause of death was available.

Former “MythBusters” co-host Adam Savage said 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.”

Grant Imahara, the engineer host of Discovery Channel’s science show “MythBusters” and of Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project” has died at 49.

“We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant,” a Discovery Channel statement confirming his death said. “He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

“MythBusters” host Adam Savage tweeted Monday that he was “at a loss. No words” after hearing the news.

Grant Imahara, host of MythBusters and White Rabbit Project has died

“I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years,” Savage wrote. “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.”

Los Angeles native Imahara graduated with an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California and worked for Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for nine years, becoming chief model maker specializing in animatronics, Imahara helped to build the updated version of R2-D2 robot for the “Star Wars” prequels  (and was one of only a handful of operators). He created models for films such as “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.”  He created the skeleton robot sidekick Geoff Petersen for “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Imahara joined the 2005 third season of “MythBusters,” working on the Build Team with Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. The trio debunked urban myths with science until 2014, and reunited in 2016 for one season of Netflix’s “White Rabbit Project,” where they ranked history’s greatest inventions and heists.

“This breaks my heart. I met Grant at an ‘Avatar the Last Airbender’ art show,” Bellici tweeted. “He talked with me about planes and we geeked out for a bit. What a kind, brilliant, amazing soul.”

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