A message from Discovery:
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.
Grant Imahara was an electrical engineer who dedicated his life to using his skills to make people smile. Beyond his time with the Discovery family, Grant was one of the few officially trained operators for famed droid R2-D2 within the Star Wars universe, he also engineered the Energizer Bunny's iconic rhythmic beat.
Grant was part of the Mythbusters team for 10 years, where his dedication to his craft and his ability to bust myths with the best of them brought tech to life for his fans. Some of his partners in Mythbusting sent out their condolences.
As of now, all the published reports of Grant Imahara's untimely passing say the reason is a brain aneurysm. But as far as I'm concerned, the Medical Examiner might as well just put on the certificate, "Cause of Death: 2020." This is just another tragedy in a year that's already had a decade's worth.
Every celebrity death hits you differently. And waking up to a text from my son about this, it hit me harder than most. I raised two boys on "Mythbusters," a consistently incredible piece of family entertainment that celebrated science, engineering, building, teamwork, innovation, problem-solving, discovery, pop culture and the pure joy than can sometimes only be found in blowing shit up. Safely.
And of all the Mythbusters, Grant was clearly the most capable. An expert on building robots he brought his skills at design, electronics and ingenuity to every episode. Not to mention he shared the sense of humor and willingness to put himself in ridiculous situations that made the show more accessible to us millions of un-handy imbeciles who possess none of their skills. Those last few seasons, without the B-team of Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci, who were dropped for budget reasons, were just never the same.
Rest in Peace, you clever and inventive genius. Somebody needs to Bust 2020, but I'm afraid it's just going to keep getting Confirmed.