Grant Imahara, Engineer Who Co-Hosted ‘MythBusters,’ Dies at 49


Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer who co-hosted the pop science show “MythBusters” on the Discovery Channel and operated robots in the “Star Wars” prequels and other major Hollywood films, has died. He was 49.

Mr. Imahara’s death was confirmed by Discovery Communications on Monday night. A company spokeswoman said the cause was believed to be a brain aneurysm and that Mr. Imahara, who lived in Los Angeles, was thought to have died hours earlier. No other details were immediately available.

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

Mr. Imahara was born in Los Angeles and graduated in 1993 with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, according to his Facebook page and a brief biography on the Discovery website.

In March, as the coronavirus began to rip through the United States, Mr. Imahara posted a picture on Twitter of a table in his home that was littered with papers, a magnifying glass, a laptop and a jumble of other electronics gear.

“Show me your WFH space!” he wrote in a post that ended with a smiley face emoji. “Here’s mine: a bunch of electronics equipment on a foldout table.”



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