- Jul 4, 2008
A very sad day for everyone that was a fan of mythbusters and Grants work. Grant was what every maker inspires to be. He will be sorely missed!
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.
His death was confirmed on Monday night by Discovery Communications. A company spokeswoman said that 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.
Mr. Imahara was born in Los Angeles on Oct. 23, 1970, 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.
He later worked as an animatronics engineer and model maker for Industrial Light & Magic, a designer of movie special effects that was founded by George Lucas in 1975. In a brief biography on the Internet Movie Database, Mr. Imahara is described as an “electronics wizard” who worked “behind the scenes of many top Hollywood films for years.”