The TV host and a professional racer Jessie Combs died in a car crash in Oregon on Tuesday, August 27. She was 39.
The accident happened on a dry lake bed in Alvord Desert. She was attempting to break the four wheels’ women land speed record of 398 miles per hour which she set in 2013. The previous record she held earned her the title of the ‘ Fastest woman on four wheels.’
Emergency workers responded to a call in the Alvord Desert at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The caller reported that a jet power car had crashed. The police identified the driver as Combs. She was declared dead on the scene.
The reason for the crash and other details have not been revealed.
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The news of Jessi’s death has left fans, family, and friends in grief and shock.
Her partner and team member Terry Madden confirmed her death in a statement, ” It is with extreme grief, and 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, as she pursued setting a land speed record in North American Eagle on August 27th, 2019 on a dry lake bed in Oregon.”
Madden shared the news on his Instagram:
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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. #doitforjessi #myjessi
Former Mythbuster host Adam Savage wrote on Twitter:
I’m so so sad, Jessi Combs has been killed in a crash. She was a brilliant & too-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.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) August 28, 2019
Kari Byron also reacted on the heartbreaking news on Twitter:
— Kari Byron (@KariByron) August 28, 2019
Valerie Thompson, the fastest woman on two wheels, expressed her grief on the news over Twitter as well:
It's with a heavy heart that I pass along the news that Jessi Combs passed away yesterday while attempting to break a land speed record. I also had the chance to attempt this record but it wasn't my turn…this hits home for me. Godspeed, Jessi Combs. pic.twitter.com/bfE2N9Cy2k
— Valerie Thompson (@ValerieThompson) August 28, 2019
The family is also in mourning after losing a person with such an amazing personality and warmth.
Along with her driving career, she was known for her TV appearances. She hosted Extreme 4×4 and was also a guest on Overhaulin. She was also a co-host on Mythbusters and All Girls Garage.
With the incident, the world lost a fantastic racer and a great person. We pray that her soul rests in peace.