The astute reader will not be at all surprised to learn that I am a longtime fan of both BattleBots* and Mythbusters**, and so the unexpected death of former BattleBots competitor and Mythbusters host Grant Imahara did not escape my notice.
News of Grant’s death broke after I was done with the Internet for the day, and while I would no doubt have come across the story on my own, my attention was directed to it overnight after information about his cause of death—namely, a ruptured cerebral aneurysm—was released. Having learned more than I really cared to know about such things, I now take note, including retroactively, when I hear that other people have suffered them, such as:
- Several people known to members of my family
- The wife of a Kentucky Congressman
- A European
soccerfootball player (I pay no attention to football, American or otherwise, but I did see this in the news)
- And now, Grant Imahara
You know how, when you buy a car, you suddenly start seeing the same car everywhere? It’s sort of like that. Only with, uh, fewer survivors.
Anyway, like I said, I have watched every episode of BattleBots and most episodes of Mythbusters, so the news about what happened to Grant was an especial shock. Plus he’s just about my age, although I would have guessed he was a little younger. Must be all that boyish enthusiasm he had.
Now of course this isn’t The Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm blog*** but there’s one important point about what happened to Grant Imahara, which is this:
Grant Imahara, the MythBusters host who died Monday after suffering a brain aneurysm, had reportedly been suffering from painful headaches in the days leading up to his death. Sources close to the Discovery Channel star’s family told TMZ Imahara had been experiencing migraines for a few days before Saturday night when he was having dinner with his fiancée at a home in Los Angeles.https://popculture.com/reality-tv/news/grant-imahara-dead-mythbusters-host-experienced-painful-headaches-aneurysm/
What Grant Imahara was experiencing sounds like what are referred to as “sentinel headaches“. These are headaches that can occur with aneurysms when they bleed a little prior to a full-on rupture. Percentages vary; I’ve seen estimates of between 15% up to 60%. I didn’t mention them in my series about The Event because I didn’t have them, but if I had, I, like Grant Imahara, most likely would not have sought treatment for them.
Me (after reading story about Grant to wife): “I think he was having sentinel headaches. If I had had those, I probably would have ignored them****.”
Wife: “Yes, you would have.”
So to the list of reasons why I was the luckiest unlucky person in California last year, we can add the fact that when my aneurysm ruptured it hit me hard enough that I couldn’t possibly ignore it*****, but not hard enough to, you know, kill me.
Sadly, it’s too late for Grant, but for everyone else: If you suddenly start getting headaches of unusual intensity, duration, or frequency, pay attention. Your brain may be trying to tell you something.
* Favorite BattleBot: Wtich Doctor
** Favorite myth: Tesla’s Earthquake Machine. But that Hwacha was a close second.
*** It’s actually The Jim Isn’t Very Good at Peddling His Books blog.
**** I used to get migraines at least a few times a year, and regular headaches much more frequently.
***** Not that I didn’t try, for the first few minutes.