Jessi Combs Update: Family Breaks Silence, Fatal Crash Under Investigation

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Some new information, and a few new tributes, have come out in regard to the shocking and tragic passing of Jessi Combs.

As previously reported, Combs -- a professional racecar driver and former host of the series Mythbusters -- was killed on Tuesday in a horrific crash while she tried to set a new land speed record for a vehicle with three wheels.

She was 36 years old.

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The incident took place in the lvord Desert in Southeast Oregon.

According to The New York Post, this accident is now under investigation because there were reports of a "fire" on the scene.

Lt. Brian Needham of the Harney County Sheriff’s Office says authorities are trying to retrieve laptops onboard the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, which is the jet car which Combs had been driving.

They think these may hold additional intel for investigators.

At the moment, it's unknown exactly what happened to cause the crash -- with the obvious caveat that Combs was driving exceptionally fast.

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In 2013, Combs became the fastest woman on four wheels, literally, after piloting her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger to 398 miles per hour.

In 2018, she piloted that same vehicle to 483.227 miles per hour.

Now, days after they lost their loved one, Jessi's parents have released a statement that reads as follows:

It is with extreme grief, and in celebration of her life that her family and close friends share that race car driver, and TV personality Jessi Combs, passed away in a fatal crash, where she was pursuing a land speed record in the North American Eagle on August, 27th 2019 on a dry lake bed in Oregon.

The details of the crash have not been released at this time.

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In addition to being a professional race car driver, as mentioned above, Combs hosted MythBusters from 2009-2010.

She also appeared in the television series documentary Overhaulin. And, just last year, she stopped as a guest in Jay Leno's Garage.

Continued the family it its statement:

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.

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According to the family, a celebration of Combs’ life in being planned and a foundation is being created to “continue her efforts to empower women and young girls to follow their dreams.”

Said Adam Savage, another Mythbusters host, in response to this awful nws:

"She was a brilliant & top-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.”

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But we'll give Jessi's relatives the final tragic word here.

“Surrounded by her family and friends at the time of her passing, Jessi lived fearlessly and her legacy lives on in the countless lives she touched,” they concluded in this message.

May Jessi Combs rest in peace.

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