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Grant Imahara, Mythbusters Alum and Battlebots Judge, Dies at 49

By: Discovery

Updated: July 16, 2020

Former Mythbuster, Battlebots Champion, and recent Battlebots judge passed away suddenly at the age of 49.

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.

To pay tribute to Grant, Discovery and Science will come together for a special MYTHBUSTERS Marathon this weekend. You can find it on Discovery Starting at 8A on Friday, July 17 and then on Science Channel at 3P on Saturday, July 18.

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.

Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, Grant was a fierce Battlebots competitor and winner. This made him more than qualified to be a member of the judges panel just last year.

We will miss Grant and his enthusiasm for all things engineering. We leave you with this video that commemorates Grant's time on Mythbusters.

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