Mythbusters host Jessi Combs, known as “the fastest woman on four wheels”, tragically died on Tuesday, August 27th. She was 39 years old. Combs died during an attempt to break the land-speed record. Combs previously set the women’s land-speed world record while driving the North American Eagle, a long jetlike car capable of generating over 45,500 horsepower, in 2013. Combs set the record by driving an average of 398 miles per hour. At the time of her fatal accident, Combs was attempting to drive faster than 512 miles per hour, with the goal of hitting 619 miles per hour. The accident occurred in a dry lake bed in Alvord Desert in Oregon.
A few days before the accident, Combs posted on Instagram that she was making another attempt at the record, saying, “People say I’m crazy. I say thank you”
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It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire… those who are willing, are those who achieve great things. . . People say I’m crazy. I say thank you 😉 . . . #fastestwomanonearth #almost #fasterthanfast #jetcar #afterburner #landpseed @landspeed763 #iwillgofaster #gottabreak512 #aimingfor619 #currentlyat483 #northamericaneagle #i❤️afterburners
In addition to her incredible racing abilities, Combs was known for hosting various programming. Combs became a host on Mythbusters in 2009 when she filled in for fellow host Kari Byron, who was on maternity leave. She went on to host a number of vehicle related series including, Overhaulin’, Extreme 4×4, and All Girls Garage. Combs co-hosted a video series for Autoblog, called The List. Autoblog posted a tribute to Combs on their YouTube page.
Combs’ family released a statement on her passing,
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.
Terry Madden, a member of Combs’ team and her boyfriend, posted a message with a video on social media in remembrance of Combs and warning fans to be wary of scammers who may try to profit from her untimely passing.
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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 non of them.. we the family have drafted a release and it will come out today with more proper info, but I was just woke up by the media tracking me down and I need everyone 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 (all ready 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.