Race car driver and “Mythbusters” host Jessi Combs has died after crashing her vehicle in an attempt to break her own land-speed record. She was 36.
Combs was known as the “fastest woman on four wheels” after setting a record of 398 mph in her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger in 2013. Combs had attempted to beat her record last year, when she managed to get to speeds of 483 mph. A mechanical error ended that attempt.
One of her team members, Terry Madden, announced her death on Instagram.
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“I have never loved or been loved by anyone as much as this amazing woman @thejessicombs,” he wrote. “She was truly my unicorn and I enjoyed every single minute that I had with her. She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know.”
Adam Savage, a former co-host on “Mythbusters,” also wrote about Combs. Combs appeared on several episodes of the show when host Kari Byron was on maternity leave.
“She was a brilliant & to[p]-notch builder, engineer, driver, fabricator, and science communicator, & strove everyday to encourage others by her prodigious example,” he said on Twitter. “We are lesser for her absence.”
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.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) August 28, 2019
Combs posted photos of the car she was planning to drive to beat her record days before her death.