Mythbusters' co-host, professional racer, and TV personality Jessi Combs tragically died on Tuesday, August 27th, while attempting to break her own land speed record on a dry lake bed in Oregon. Known as "the fastest woman on four wheels," Combs was trying hit 619 m.p.h. when she fatally crashed. She was only 36 years old.
Many know Combs from her time on Mythbusters' Build Team in 2009, but she was also known for appearances on Xtreme 4x4, Overhaulin' and for her work as a builder, engineer, and teacher.
She documented the lead up to the event on her Instagram page.Autoblog, "Combs initially set a four-wheeled vehicle record of 398 miles per hour in October 2013 driving the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger. She had hit speeds of over 483 mph in subsequent followup runs as recently as last year, but mechanical issues kept those attempts out of the official record books. Just three days ago in an Instagram post, Combs indicated she was aiming for 619 mph in the jet-powered vehicle."
Around 4:00 pm on Tuesday, the Harney County Sherriff's Office was called to the scene, which was located in the desert 90 miles south of Burns, Oregon.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to NBC News, "Combs was the lead driver on the North American Eagle racing team. She was identified as the sole fatality connected with the accident, which is under investigation. The section of the Alvord Desert the team was using was approximately 8 miles long, authorities said." The vehicle she was driving at the time of the accident was a supersonic vehicle crafted from the fuselage of a jet plane. She'd already driven the vehicle once before, back in the Fall of 2018 and even then, an issue with it caused the door to rip right off of it, while she was inside.
Combs was romantically involved with a crew member of hers, Terry Madden, before she passed away.
via: Getty ImagesMadden wrote a heartbreaking Instagram post dedicated to his partner: "So 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 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. 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!! I’m not ok, but she is right here keeping my going - I made her a promise that if this didn’t go well that I would make sure and do good with it, please help me with that, you are all going to see things on news please believe none of them.. we the family have drafted a release and it will come out today with more proper info, but I was just woken up by the media tracking me down and I need every one of her true friends to do what she would want “take a deep breath, relax" and do good things with this. Please donate to nothing, I know there will be people try, we are finishing the documentary as she wished and the world will know the truth and her foundation will use those funds to do amazing things in this world and make her legacy live on properly. In the coming days, her family and I will get the proper channels put together that you can then donate to that foundation but until you hear it from me wait please-I don’t want some asshole profiting off this (already had one try to sell us a video)... Love you all and thank you all for being such amazing friends to her, she dedicated her life to helping support others dreams and I promise I will continue that."
Adam Savage, former co-host of Mythbusters tweeted the following eulogy to his former co-host:
via: TwitterHe followed it up with a simple "My heart goes out to her family."
Shortly after, Combs' family released the following statement:
Autoblog created this touching tribute to Combs after her passing.Commenters mourned her passing in the comments section, saying things like "Passed away doing what she loved. Rest in peace."
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