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MythBusters’ popular host Grant Imahara dies at 49 of a brain aneurysm

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Grant Imahara, who shot to fame for his technical expertise in creating robots on the hit series’ Mythbusters, died suddenly on Monday of a brain aneurysm at 49.  

‘We are heartbroken 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 out to his family,’ the Discovery rep said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter

The brilliant roboticist, who studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, officially joined ‘The Build Team’ as Scottie Chapman’s replacement in the third season in 2005 and remained until 2014. 

Rest in peace: Grant Imahara, who shot to fame for his technical expertise in creating robots on the hit series' Mythbusters, died suddenly on Monday of a brain aneurysm at 49

Rest in peace: Grant Imahara, who shot to fame for his technical expertise in creating robots on the hit series’ Mythbusters, died suddenly on Monday of a brain aneurysm at 49

In 2016, he reunited with co-hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci for Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, which lasted for one season.   

Byron paid tribute to her late pal on Twitter with a series of throwback pictures, including one of her, Imahara and Belleci with the caption: ‘Somedays I wish I had a time machine.’  

As part of the Mythbusters team, he ‘sky-dived and drove stunt cars’ according to THR, and also went on to install ‘lights onto Star Wars’ R2-D2′ and create ‘the robot Geoff Peterson for The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.’ 

'We are heartbroken 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 out to his family,' the Discovery spokesperson said in a statement to THR

‘We are heartbroken 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 out to his family,’ the Discovery spokesperson said in a statement to THR 

Memories: Byron paid tribute to her late pal on Twitter with a series of throwback pictures, including one of her, Imahara and Belleci with the caption: 'Somedays I wish I had a time machine'

Memories: Byron paid tribute to her late pal on Twitter with a series of throwback pictures, including one of her, Imahara and Belleci with the caption: ‘Somedays I wish I had a time machine’

‘I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend,’ Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage also tweeted.

Additionally, he worked behind-the-scenes on Galaxy Quest, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Terminator 3. 

In March, he went viral for building a animatronic Baby Yoda based on Star Wars: The Mandalorian. 

'Universally cute': In March, he went viral for building a animatronic Baby Yoda based on Star Wars: The Mandalorian

‘Universally cute’: In March, he went viral for building a animatronic Baby Yoda based on Star Wars: The Mandalorian

Beloved: The brilliant roboticist, who studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, officially joined 'The Build Team' as Scottie Chapman's replacement in the third season (seen in 2015)

Beloved: The brilliant roboticist, who studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California, officially joined ‘The Build Team’ as Scottie Chapman’s replacement in the third season (seen in 2015)

‘Baby Yoda is universally cute, hands down,’ Imahara told CNet. ‘In the few public outings we’ve had, everyone melts. He’s a happiness maker. Everything about him is designed to trigger the human nurturing instincts.’ 

In 2008, Imahara opened up to Machine Design about enjoying the ‘challenge of designing and building things.’

‘When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.’ he revealed.  

'When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.' he revealed; pictured in 2013

‘When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.’ he revealed; pictured in 2013

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