Star Wars Engineer and FX Artist, Grant Imahara, Dies at Age 49. Grant Imahara is best known for his role as co-host on ‘Mythbusters‘ and host on ‘White Rabbit Project‘. Imahara was an electrical engineer and roboticist who was passionate about his work.
Grant worked as an engineer and FX artist for Lucasfilm on the Star Wars prequels, specializing in the creation and development of R2-D2. This is also where he met Mythbusters co-star, Adam Savage.
The news was first shared by THR who shared: “Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. “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,” a representative for Discovery said in a statement on Monday.”
Grant Imahara, host of 'MythBusters' and 'White Rabbit Project,' dies at 49 https://t.co/j7yhlOekrJ
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) July 14, 2020
Grant’s co-workers and friends have been sharing their condolences, photos, and memories online. Co-star Adam Savage shared: “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.”
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.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) July 14, 2020
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) July 13, 2020
— Tory Belleci (@ToryBelleci) July 14, 2020
There are rare, RARE people in this world that are made of pure love, light, and kindness. @grantimahara is one of the brightest. Not an ounce of malice within that soul. Intelligence and heart that eclipse so much shadow. His years of friendship are precious to so many.
— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) July 14, 2020
Two days ago my good buddy Grant wished me a happy birthday and now he’s gone. Just like that. I’m devastated. He was an unbelievable human being. I loved being around him. He was not only brilliant but so funny and such a warm person. I love you pal. I’m so sad. @grantimahara pic.twitter.com/sITseqYsgI
— Michael Rosenbaum (@michaelrosenbum) July 14, 2020
Shocked to learn of Grant Imahara’s passing. Sad awful news! He was such a vibrant person with a big heart. Gone way too young. 😢
— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) July 14, 2020
We are completely devastated to report that @grantimahara has passed away. Grant was one of the brightest and most creative individuals we have ever known. He was a GiantNut winner, a Judge, a Mythbuster, and a great friend. Our hearts go out to his family. We love you Grant. RIP pic.twitter.com/8uI9ABJYAv
— BattleBots (@BattleBots) July 14, 2020
Today we mourn the loss of Grant Imahara, and his brilliant animatronic work. His contribution to the Star Wars universe lives on through his work at Lucasfilm, ILM, THX, and many, others such as Galaxy Quest, The Matrix, and Jurassic Park. #501st #StarWars #BucketsOff pic.twitter.com/gQ7IvZf6HQ
— 501st Legion (@501stLegion) July 14, 2020
When I met @grantimahara on my 1st day of work at Lucasfilm in 2002, I knew we'd be friends for life. We've had plenty of laughs, drinks, glitter fights & late night talks. It's hard to celebrate a friendship of 18 years in a tweet. I will miss you Grant, more than I can say. ♥️ pic.twitter.com/eh2TTX9xNr
— Bonnie Burton (@bonniegrrl) July 14, 2020
Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends, and fans around the world.
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