Original ‘MythBusters’ Star Jessi Combs Has Died While Attempting To Set A New Speed Record

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While the Discovery Channel series MythBusters may be no more, both its stars and its fans have continued on with various other projects and fandoms. Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman and the regular members of the “build team” are the most recognizable of the show’s alum, of course, but many others were featured along the way. Including Jessi Combs, who appeared on several early episodes of the program before leaving to start her own series, Overhaulin’, among other projects. On Tuesday, Combs died while trying to break her own speed record in Oregon. She was 36 years old.

The news was first reported by Oregon TV station KTVZ on Tuesday. Since then, Entertainment Weekly and others have reported on the sad news. Combs’ collaborator and partner Terry Madden commented on the matter in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “I don’t know how to say any of this but it all needs said. I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman @thejessicombs,” he wrote. “Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident.”

Since the news of Combs’ death began spreading on Wednesday, many of her former MythBusters colleagues have spoken out. Kari Byron, whom she briefly replaced on the show during her maternity leave, called her a “badass” and said she was “always pushing the limits.”

Savage and Imahara also chimed in.

Belleci turned to Instagram, where he shared several photos with Combs from the MythBusters set.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)