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Former MythBusters and White Rabbit project moderator Grant Imahara died at the age of 49.
In a statement to the news agencies, a Discovery spokesman said: "We are broken 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 to his family. "
The spokesman declined to provide details of the timing or cause of death, although The Hollywood Reporter claimed that Imahara died shortly after a brain aneurysm.
The trained electrical engineer and robotics specialist gained some of his experience in the THX department at Lucasfilm before moving to Industrial Light and Magic. During his time there, he worked on films such as George Lucas & # 39; Star Wars prequels, several matrix films, Jurassic Park and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
California-born Imahara hosted several hundred episodes of the popular MythBusters show, beginning with season three in 2005 and on the show until 2014.
Two years later, Imahara, along with Tory Belleci and Kari Byron, hosted a single season of Netflix & # 39; White Rabbit Project.
Shortly after it became known that Imahara had died prematurely, MythBusters co-moderator Adam Savage tweeted: "I am at a loss. No words. I have been part of two large families with Grant Imahara for the past 22 years. Grant was a really brilliant engineer , Artist and performer, but also such a generous, easygoing and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I will miss my friend. "
I am at a loss. No words. I have been part of two large families with Grant Imahara for the past 22 years. Grant was a really brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also such a generous, easygoing and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I will miss my friend.
– Adam Savage (@donttrythis), July 14, 2020
Kari Byron simply tweeted: "Sometimes I wish I had a time machine" along with a photo of myself with Imahara.
One day I wished I had a time machine. @ToryBelleci @grantimahara pic.twitter.com/o9FRE2l16W
– Kari Byron (@KariByron), July 13, 2020
When news of his death spread on Monday evening, those who inspired Imahara also praised a popular man who had accomplished a lot in a tragically short life.
Rest out of Grant, you were a big part of the group of people I looked up to and who shaped my love for science and technology. My heart goes out to his friends and colleagues. #GrantImahara pic.twitter.com/g8s9dWfQJN
– Help the bear! (@_Ghost_Blerd) July 14, 2020
So sad, this guy is one of the reasons why I became an engineer. Thank you for bringing me and others with your exuberance and passion for science and technology. Seemed like a lovely man too. Rip #grantimahara pic.twitter.com/s2uNmZRFKm
– E (@SeagerFever) July 14, 2020