Jessi Combs, 39, died Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 in Alvord Desert, Oregon. She was a former co-host of the TV Show “Myth Busters” and a race car driver. She also co-hosted “The List” along with stints on “Overhaulin’,” “Extreme 4×4” and “All Girls Garage.”
Passionate Race Car Driver
After setting a record with a jet-powered car in 2013 at the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger of 398 mph, she had earned the title of the “fastest woman on four wheels” In October Combs set a top seed of 483.2 mph in a shakedown run. She died on Tuesday, trying to hit 619 mph and beat her record.
Jessi Combs was the first woman to place at any Ultra4 event and the first woman to compete in The Race of Gentlemen event. She was dedicated to empowering women in the automotive industry and had a line of women’s gear with Lincoln Electric. She also focused on empowering and educating women through industrial skills on an online collaborative called RealDeal.Lt.
I just want to thank all of you for your support and loyalty. That’s all. Have a nice day 🙂 .
Photo by @nathaliek during @wildgypsytour while introducing @realdealrevolution https://t.co/O4Qjlf97MC pic.twitter.com/aMKyoi7ar8
— Jessi Combs (@TheJessiCombs) August 25, 2019
Brian Needham from the Harney County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that authorities are trying to recover the laptops that were onboard the jet at the time of the crash because they may hold additional information for investigators. He also said that there was a fire involved but did not elaborate.
Jessi Combs Family Statement
Jessi Comb’s family released a statement following her death. They wrote that she was known
“for her bright smile, positivity, and tenacious pursuit of the fulfillment of her dreams.”
They continued, “ 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. A celebration of Jessi’s life in being planned and a foundation is being created to continue her efforts to empower women and young girls to follow their dreams”
Comb’s boyfriend Terry Madden also released a statement claiming he is “not OK” but knows she is still by his side. He wrote,
“She is right here keeping [me] 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. 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.”