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Grant Imahara Dead: ‘MythBusters’ Host Was 49 – Hollywood Reporter

An electrical engineer and roboticist by training, he worked for a long time at Lucasfilm’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic divisions.

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Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer and roboticist who hosted the popular science show MythBusters and Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, has died. He was 49.
Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. “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 representative for Discovery said in a statement on Monday.
An electrical engineer and roboticist by training, he joined Discovery’s MythBusters in its third season, replacing Scottie Chapman and was with the show until 2014 when he left with with co-hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. The trio would reunite in 2016 for Netflix’s White Rabbit Project which lasted for one season. On MythBusters, Imahara used his technical expertise to design and build robots for the show and also operated the computers and electronics needed to test myths. 
While part of the Mythbusters team, he sky-dived and drove stunt cars, on film sets he came into contact with some of the most iconic characters in screen history, installing lights onto Star Wars’ R2-D2, creating the robot Geoff Peterson for The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and working on the Energizer Bunny.
On Monday evening, Imahara’s MythBusters and White Rabbit Project co-host Byron tweeted, “Sometimes I wish I had a time machine,” and included a picture with Imahara and Belleci.
Later on Monday, Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage also tweeted: “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.”
Born in Los Angeles, Imahara studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California (though he briefly had doubts and wanted to become a screenwriter) before combining the two passions and landing a post-graduation gig at Lucasfilm-associated THX labs. In his nine years at Lucasfilm, he worked for the company’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) divisions. In his years at ILM he became chief model maker specializing in animatronics and worked on George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, as well as The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Galaxy Quest, XXX: State of the Union, Van Helsing, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.
In 2000, Imahara also competed in Comedy Central’s BattleBots with a robot he built himself called “Deadblow” that won two Middleweight Rumbles, was the first season’s Middleweight runner-up and became the third season’s first-ranked robot.
As computer graphics began to supplant model-making in the aughts, former ILM colleague Tony Belleci suggested Imahara come aboard Mythbusters, the Discovery show Belleci co-hosted. As a co-host, he became a self-described “human guinea pig,” though if they determined a situation unfit for humans, they created machines to test them in their place. 
Imahara also starred in several episodes of the fan-made web series Star Trek Continues. He played Hikaru Sulu, a lieutenant, helmsman and third officer on the USS Enterprise, in the show that was an unofficial continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series. 
In a 2008 interview with Machine Design, Imahara told the publication that he wanted to be an engineer because “I liked the challenge of designing and building things, figuring out how something works and how to make it better or apply it in a different way. When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.”
Lesley Goldberg contributed to this report.

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Trini Lopez, US singer and star of The Dirty Dozen, dies aged 83 from Covid-19 – The Guardian

Mexican-American was signed by Frank Sinatra, designed guitars for Gibson and had global hit in 1963 with If I Had a Hammer

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Mexican-American singer and actor Trini Lopez has died aged 83, after contracting Covid-19, at hospital in Rancho Mirage, California.
As well as starring in the 1967 second world war war classic The Dirty Dozen as one of the eponymous gang, Lopez scored a transatlantic hit with If I Had a Hammer and designed a pair of sought-after guitar models for Gibson.
Trinidad Lopez III was born in Dallas, Texas, to Mexican parents. His father, Trinidad Lopez II, was also an actor and singer, and the youn…

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Brooklyn Beckham and fiancée Nicola Peltz spark baby rumours with Instagram post: ‘Baby b’ – 9TheFIX

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Brooklyn Beckham’s fiancée Nicola Peltz sparked baby rumours with a cryptic Instagram caption.
The 25-year-old actress shared a photo of her kissing Beckham, 21, on the cheek, alongside the caption, “baby b”.
The post had fans racing to figure out whether Peltz was hinting at a baby on the way.
One fan wrote: “Excuse me, ‘baby'”, while another wrote: “Congrats on the pregnancy.”
“The baby is gonna grow up to be a whole model,” another commented.
Beckham and Peltz haven’t responded to the gr…

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Meghan Markle’s former pal Jessica Mulroney ‘steals her thunder’ on day of Finding Freedom release – PerthNow

Eyebrows have been raised after Jessica Mulroney chose to break her silence following a nasty racism scandal on the same day as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s book release.

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She made headlines earlier in the year following a nasty racism scandal and now Meghan Markles former friend Jessica Mulroney has broken her silence in an attempt to steal some of the thunder from her old pal.
The stylist, who has been keeping quiet in recent months, took to Instagram for the first time since she was accused of abusing her white privilege in a spat with a black lifestyle blogger.
Her social media post comes amid the release of Meghan and Harrys biography, Finding Freedom.
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