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 to hit 619 m.p.h. when she fatally crashed. She was only thirty-six years old.
After her fellow team member and partner, Terry Madden, shared the tragic news yesterday, Twitter has been flooded with tributes for the professional racer and TV personality.
Her last words, which she shared over the weekend, have also surfaced and they are utterly heartbreaking.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the tragic events that cost the star her life.
Jessi Combs was a professional racer and TV personality.
The star had a passion for car racing from a young age.website, she "found a love for speed and its machines at a very young age," and was passionate in her pursuit of a career in automotive fabrication.
But it can be dangerous work.
The freak accident should have left her wheelchair bound...
Recently, the star had been attempting to break her land-record.
Combs had previously set the women's land-speed record of 398 miles-per-hour, with a top speed of 440 miles-per-hour, back in 2013, but was attempting to beat it.
She was set to embark on the challenge in a jet-powered car in the Alvord Desert, Oregon.
She documented the lead up to the event on her Instagram page.
But, at around 4:00 pm on Tuesday, the Harney County Sherriff's Office was called to the scene, which was located in the desert ninety miles south of Burns, Oregon.
via: Getty ImagesCombs had been in a horrific crash while attempting to break her record. The vehicle that 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.
The star tragically lost her life.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."
Combs was romantically involved with a crew member of hers, Terry Madden, before she passed away.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," he wrote.
Everything was done to try to save her life.
Madden continued by warning people about those who'll try to profit from her death.
He concluded his emotional post with a message to fans.
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:
via: Getty“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."
Autoblog also 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."
This tragic event has fans grieving all over the world.
People have been left devastated by the news.
@TheJessiCombs @nathaliek @WildGypsyTour Just heard the news and man does my heart hurt! I first knew her from Extr… https://t.co/eUnSuVolHY— chris maida (@chris maida)1567018083.0
Another paid tribute to the "role model" whose life was taken too soon.
@TheJessiCombs @nathaliek @WildGypsyTour Unbelievable role model to people in general, women specifically, men in… https://t.co/GrgO78YFP5— Jamie Campbell 🇺🇸 (@Jamie Campbell 🇺🇸)1567020948.0
The star's last words have also surfaced and they're utterly heartbreaking.
I just want to thank all of you for your support and loyalty. That’s all. Have a nice day :) . . Photo by… https://t.co/ouQ2TLTxjS— Jessi Combs (@Jessi Combs)1566746924.0