One of the stars of the internationally-adored television series MythBusters has passed away in a stunt gone wrong.
It’s been confirmed that 36-year-old Jessi Combs lost her life in a jet-powered vehicle crash. According to reports, the incident was part of an attempt to break a land-speed record, and took place in Alvord Desert, Oregon.
Tributes have been flowing in for Combs, a professional racer, via social media.
The Discovery Channel, the network behind MythBusters, shared its own words of condolences to Combs’ family over on Twitter.
“The Discovery and @MotorTrend Family is deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Jessi Combs,” said the company.
“She was a friend and colleague, an icon in the industry, and an undeniable force of nature who left an indelible mark on the car world. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.”
Former MythBusters co-host, Adam Savage, also tweeted his own sadness at the news, writing: “I’m so so sad, Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash. She was a brilliant & too-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator, & strove everyday to encourage others by her prodigious example. She was also a colleague, and we are lesser for her absence.”
Speaking to Sky News, Comb’s family also issued their own heartbreaking statement on the sad news.
“Jessi’s most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012,” they said. “Combs was one of the rare dreamers with the bravery to turn those possibilities into reality, and she left this earth driving faster than any other woman in history.”
Before the incident, Combs took to Instagram to discuss the potential risks involved with her career and life goals.
“It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire… those who are willing, are those who achieve great things… People say I’m crazy. I say thank you,” she wrote at the time.
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