14 July 2020 10:38
Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer who co-hosted the pop science show "MythBusters" on the Discovery Channel and operated robots in the "Star Wars" prequels and other major Hollywood films, has died. Mr. Imahara's death was confirmed by Discovery Communications on Monday night. A company spokeswoman said the cause was believed to be a brain aneurysm and that Mr. Imahara, who lived in Los Angeles, was thought to have died hours earlier. No other details were immediately available. "We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant," Discovery 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." Mr. Imahara was born in Los Angeles and graduated in 1993 with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, according to his Facebook page and a brief biography on the Discovery website. Mythbusters star Grant Imahara, died suddenly on Monday of a brain aneurysm at 49-years old. He leaves behind fiance Jennifer Newman, who has spoken out about her grief. 2 Jennifer is a costume and prop designer - she and Grant enjoyed attending Cosplay conventions together Credit: Getty Images - Getty Jennifer is a costume and prop designer and had been dating long-term partner Grant for years.
The pair got engaged in 2016. TMZ reported that he proposed with a 1.56-carat, $20,000 ring, in an LA cafeteria in front of 250 guests. On Instagram, Jennifer describes herself as "Costume designer, wardrobe wrangler, mac & cheese enthusiast, air shark pilot, cat lady." She has designed costumes for Emerson Heights and Kenobi: A Star Wars Story. Jennifer has also had success in the acting world in There Will Be Brawl, Batgirl: Spoiled, and The Death and Return of Superman. The science-buff's fiance posted a heartbreaking message on Twitter: 2 The pair got engaged back in 2016 Credit: Getty Images - Getty Most read in TV & Showbiz BECK OF A FORTUNE Meet Brooklyn Beckham's billionaire future in-laws as he gets engaged TRIPLE TRAGEDY How Kelly Preston helped Travolta over death of 1st love & shock loss of son 'WE LOVE YOU' Kelly Preston's last Instagram post was tribute to husband John Travolta Spoiler CORRIED AWAY Corrie's Yasmeen in shock collapse after Geoff's ex wife visits her in prison Exclusive BGT BUST-UP Simon Cowell's girlfriend has showdown with Alesha over fears they're too close Exclusive GEMMA'S PAIN Gemma Collins dumps Arg after he tells her 'I want an open relationship' "I 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."