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Grant Imahara, a roboticist, electrical engineer and host of the hit science show "Mythbusters," died suddenly at age 49, the Hollywood Reporter said Monday. He was 49.
The reported cause of death was a brain aneurysm.
Imahara, a graduate of the University of California and native of Los Angeles, joined Discovery's "Mythbusters," in its third season, co-hosting the show with Kari Byron and Tory Belleci until 2014. The show was filmed in San Francisco. Imahara later co-hosted the Netflix show "White Rabbit Project."
The Discovery Channel said it was "heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant," in a statement obtained by the Hollywood Reporter. “He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
Byron said she "wish I had a time machine," accompanying a photo of her, Imahara and Belleci on the red carpet.
Adam Savage, a former "Mythbusters" host, said on Twitter he was "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."
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