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How old was Mythbusters star Jessi Combs and what was her cause of death?


Jessi had been attempting to break the land speed record (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

Mythbusters star Jessi Combs, known as ‘the fastest woman on four wheels’, has tragically died following an attempt to break the land-speed record.

News of her death was confirmed by Terry Madden, a member of her crew, on Wednesday.

Her family also paid tribute to her in a statement, saying: ‘Jessi was known for her bright smile, positivity, and tenacious pursuit of the fulfillment of her dreams. Her drive was infectious, and she served as a role model for young Girls, and Women around the world.

‘People that loved her and followed her became family, all bonded together by adventure and passion. Her fans adored her, and she lived to inspire them. Jessi’s most notable dream was to become the fastest woman on Earth, a dream she had been chasing since 2012.

‘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.’

How old was Jessi Combs at the time of her death?

Jessi was just 39 years old at the time of her death.

She was born in Rockerville, South Dakota, on 27 July 1980, and grew up in Piedmont.

 

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Jessi earned the ‘fastest woman on four wheels’ title in 2013 after reaching 393 mph in a North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger.

She had been hoping to beat the women’s land speed record set in 1976 by Kitty O’Neil, who travelled 512.7mph in a three wheeled vehicle, according to Oregon news channel KTVZ.

Last year she drove her 56-foot jet-powered vehicle at 483.227mph during a shakedown run.

As well as Mythbusters, which Combs appeared in in 2009 while host Kari Byron was on maternity leave, she also appeared in a string of shows including Spike TV’s Xtreme 4×4, Overhaulin’, All Girls Garage, The List: 1001 Things To Do Before You Die, and 2016’s How to Build…Everything.

What was the cause of Jessi Combs’ death?

Jessi died in a high speed jet car crash in the Alvord Desert in Oregon on Tuesday while she was trying to break her own land speed record.

Terry Madden, a member of her crew, said in an Instagram post on Wednesday: ‘Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!!’

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Combs had posted about the record attempt on Instagram on Sunday, sharing a picture of the car she planned to use as she wrote: ‘It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire.

‘Those who are willing, are those who achieve great things.’

Tweet from Adam Savage about Jessi Combs

Mythbusters’ Adam Savage is among those who have paid tribute to her in the wake of her death.

‘I’m so so sad, Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash,’ he wrote on Twitter.

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.

Kari Byron also paid her respects, saying she was ‘sending smiles into the universe’ for Jessi as she tweeted: ‘So sad to hear about Jessi. She was a badass, always pushing limits.’



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