The Mythbusters alumni, the popular Grant Imahara died on Monday at the age of 49 from a brain aneurysm. He spent
a decade of his life at Lucasfilm’s visual effects division industrial light
& magic working on films like Galaxy Quest, Matrix, and Star Wars prequels.
His work undoubtedly had an immense impact on pop culture. In fact, he
gained public recognition due to his appearances on famous BattleBots in which he
competed with his robot called Deadblow.
He was a curious mind
who tested the thousands of myths for their scientific plausibility by
designing and producing weird contraptions. It’s obvious that he had a passion
for engineering and he even encouraged others to take interest in these
In a 2011 interview, Imahara
told a popular website that “Anything
that’s already broken is fair game! The worst-case scenario is it stays broken.
The best-case scenario is you find out how it works or, even better, transform
it into something else.”
He was also known for
mentoring Richmond High School robotics team as a hobby.
He co-hosted a short
Netflix series called White Rabbit Project with Byron and Belleci in 2014. He
continued to dig into scientific queries and tried his best to make
unconventional topics accessible and understandable to the wider audience.
His family and friends
remember him not only as a qualified engineer but also as someone who has a gentle soul. He was indeed an inspiration to all upcoming talents in the
engineering world and beyond.
In a 2016 interview,
Imahara was quoted saying: “[Students
would say] ‘Oh no, I can’t do that!’ [Then I would respond] ‘Yes you can.
Here’s how. I’m going to show you once, and then you’re gonna do it, and you’re
gonna show your friends. It’s enabling them to go beyond what they think they
He had been engaged to
the famous Jennifer Newman, costume designer, since 2016.
haven’t found the words. I don’t know if I’ll be able to. I lost a part of my
heart and soul today. He was so generous and kind, so endlessly sweet and so
loved by his incredible friends. I feel so lucky to have known him, to have
loved & been loved by him. I love you, honey.”
– Newman Tweeted on Monday.