LOS ANGELES (AP) – Grant Imahara, the longtime host of the Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters”, died of a brain neurism, the network said on Tuesday.
Imahara died Monday at the age of 49.
“We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant,” the network 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. “
Along with his “MythBusters”
Discovery said on its website that Imahara devoted her life to using her skills to make people smile. The network said he was one of the few trained operators for the famous R2-D2 droid from the Star Wars franchise and designed Energizer Bunny’s popular rhythmic beat.
Former “MythBusters” host Adam Savage delivered a heartfelt message about Imahara on social media.
“I’m lost. No words, ”Savage on Twitter. “I have been part of two large families with Grant Imahara for the past 22 years. Grant was a truly 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. “
Kari Byron and Tory Belleci co-hosted with Imahara on “Mythbusters” and “White Rabbit Project.” Both said they were heartbroken and stunned by the death of their colleague and friend recently.
“Heartbroken and in shock tonight. We just talked on the phone. This is not true, says Bryon on Twitter. She published a series of photos of Imahara and said that the two only had one phone call.
“I just can not believe it,” Belleci said. “I do not even know what to say. My heart is broken. Goodbye buddy. ”