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A man with a love of top hats and the finer things in life. Like aged rum. And UNICORNS.

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Jul
15th
2020

Rest in Peace, Mr. Imahara (Tribute) · 1:42am July 15th

For those of you who haven't heard, Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame passed away on Monday. He was someone I admired as a robot enthusiast and he inspired the Iron Horse character Umahara. Mr. Imahara was 49.

Mr. Imahara was of course best known for his work on Mythbusters, working alongside Tory Belleci and Kari Byron.

On Twitter, Adam Savage, one of the co-hosts alongside Jamie Hyneman, stated:

I’m 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.

In addition to his work there, he had a long history with the robot fighting television show Battlebots where he built and piloted his deadly robot Deadblow, one of the fiercest combatants in the show's history.


Deadblow in Season 2

He was also a talented animatronics engineer for Industrial Light and Magic, where he did work for the Star Wars and Matrix movies, among many others.

He even helped to create Geoff Peterson, the robot skeleton sidekick of Craig Ferguson for his hilarious, bizarre stint on The Late Late Show. My pal Greenfinger and I are both huge fans of Ferguson's tenure on the show and his banter with Geoff Peterson, voiced by Josh Robert Thompson.

And, as mentioned, due to his long history with robots, he was the inspiration for a certain blue pony who got himself in a bit over his head in my story The Iron Horse: Everything's Better With Robots!


Champ Umahara getting caught by Twilight in the infamous "HOUSEKEEPING!!" scene.

He'll be sorely missed, and my thoughts go out to his friends and family. He was a funny, talented man who helped add even more fuel to the fire when it came to my love of robots, and I'll always admire the passion he had in life.

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Comments ( 13 )
Illi #1 · July 15th · · ·

Rip Mr. Imahara.

It's so sad...

This is heartbreaking, and tragic. He was honestly my favorite on Mythbusters, and virtually anything else he appeared on. Rest in Peace.

Wow shoot that frecken sucks. Rest in price man you definitely earned it.

Oh dear, honestly kony 2020 has been too cruel. so many good peeps have died, by COVID-19 or otter causes

including several factors, and staff of long-running shows (amongst them one of the Tokusatsu original Showrunners.)

Unbelievable, RIP Mr. Imahara

I want out of this timeline.

what they hell did he die of?

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I believe it was reported he died from a brain aneurysm.

That's sad.

Oh, dear; I'm sorry.

Thank you for spreading news of his death and particularly good words of his life.

Twilight and I send our most sincere condolences to Mr. Imahara's friends and family and fellow Mythbusters. He was a great guy, and if Mythbusters was still on, I can tell you it would not be the same.
Robot In Peace, Mr. Imahara

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