News had just come out that Mythbusters host Grant Imahara had died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 49. Seeing that Imahara was also an engineer who had worked for films like Star Wars and other ILM projects, tributes are now coming out for him and his family.
Here’s a message from fellow Mythbusters host Adam Savage:
Discovery had also said this in a statement (via Variety):
“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 lot of people have also been shedding light on his contributions to Star Wars with photos of him working on the films coming out online. It’s said that Imahara was one of the people responsible for updating the R2-D2 robot for the prequel films, and you can also see him working on some scale models that they used for the movies.
Other movies that Imahara had worked on include Jurassic Park, Galaxy Quest, Terminator: Rise of the Machines, and The Matrix trilogy. And though a lot of people also associate Imahara to Star Wars the most, he also had a part to play in the web series Star Trek Continues, playing his own version of Hikaru Sulu.
News of Imahara’s death had just come out shortly after that of Glee actress Naya Rivera who had gone missing and whose body has just been recently recovered. The same week also saw the death of movie mom Kelly Preston. It’s been a tragic week for fans, seeing as three actors who are very much beloved are both gone too soon.