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    Jessi Combs (39) killed trying to set new speed record

    Today brings about some very sad news as the world-renowned racer, metal fabricator, and television personality Jessi Combs has passed away at the age of 36. Known professionally as the "Fastest Woman on Four Wheels," Combs was attempting to surpass her previous land speed record when the 52,000 horsepower jet-powered car she was driving crashed in Oregon's Alvord Desert. "It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire... those who are willing, are those who achieve great things," Combs wrote just days prior to the accident on her Twitter account in preparation for the stunt. She adds: "People say I'm crazy. I say thank you."

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    I am seeing conflicting ages (36 and then 39) so I am not 100% sure which is correct.

    http://mydeathspace.com/article/2019...w_speed_record

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    I am seeing conflicting ages (36 and then 39) so I am not 100% sure which is correct.

    http://mydeathspace.com/article/2019...w_speed_record
    A little more info:
    Combs was born in Rockerville, South Dakota,[9] on July 27, 1980,[2] the daughter of Jamie Combs and Nina Darrington.[10][11][12] The family moved to Piedmont, South Dakota, when she was two years old.[9] She had three siblings, Kelly Combs, Austin Darrington, Danielle Theis, and two stepsiblings, Rebeka Hall and Arielle Hall. She graduated from Stevens High School in 1998.[9] A local publication in Rapid City reported that Combs' great-grandmother was Nina DeBow, a jazz pianist who raced Stanley Steamers.[12]

    In 2004, Combs graduated from WyoTech in the Collision & Refinishing Core Program, as well as the Street Rod Fabrication and Custom Fabrication and High Performance Powertrain programs, all at the top of her class (she was briefly seen as a student of WyoTech during the sixth episode of the first season of Overhaulin). Following her graduation, Combs's first professional job came when the WyoTech marketing department hired her and another student to build a car from the ground up in six months to debut at the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association?s (SEMA) show.[4]

    Combs was killed during a land speed record attempt as part of the North American Eagle Project on August 27, 2019, in the Alvord Desert, Oregon.[2]
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    Thanks Puzz! So it looks like the 39 is correct. I thought so, but wasn't 100% sure because multiple sources were also saying 36.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Thanks Puzz! So it looks like the 39 is correct. I thought so, but wasn't 100% sure because multiple sources were also saying 36.
    Well, you know how some people age at different rates... Look at Dick Clark.

    What a talented, gutsy woman. Her dad was a student working for a friend of mine. I didn't know her, but I know a lot of people who did. She seems to have been really loved.
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    https://www.autoblog.com/2019/09/21/...-world-record/

    Jessi Combs' attempt to set the record for fastest woman on earth will be submitted for a Guinness World Record at 531.889 mph, it was announced Saturday evening during an event held in her honor at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Combs died after her jet car crashed during the record attempt on a dry lake bed in Oregon. She was 39 years old. If certified, it would break the previous record of 512.7 mph set in 1976 by Kitty O'Neil.

    Combs did two runs. The first reached 515.346 mph and the second one was 548.432 mph. The average (531.889 mph) will be submitted to Guinness.

    The museum is hosting an exhibition "Jessi Combs: Life at Full Speed" Sunday through Wednesday (Sept. 25) that includes some of her motorcycles, helmets, racing medals and memorabilia from her TV career. On Thursday, the creation of the Jessi Combs Foundation was announced to educate, empower and inspire the next generation of female trailblazers and stereotype-breakers.

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    https://www.tmz.com/2019/11/04/faste...failure-death/

    Jessi Combs -- the "Fastest Woman on Four Wheels" -- crashed her jet-car because her front wheel gave out.

    According to the Harney County Sheriff's Office ... the front wheel of Jessi's jet-powered car suffered a mechanical failure before her fatal crash, and the front wheel assembly most likely collapsed as a result of hitting an object during her attempt at breaking her own land-speed record.

    The Sheriff released the findings Monday after completing an investigation into the crash ... and they say the front wheel failed when Jessi's jet-car reached around 550 miles per hour.

    Jessi's cause of death was also determined to be blunt force trauma to the head, which the Sheriff says occurred before her race vehicle was engulfed in flames following the crash.

    As we reported ... Jessi's jet-powered car crashed and killed her in August in the Alvord Desert in Oregon. Photos of the wreckage showed her 56-foot-long jet-car -- the North American Eagle -- completely destroyed, and the footage we obtained shows her traveling at incredible speeds before the crash.

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    I remember when this happened and everyone on social media kept trying to romanticize it by saying "well at least she died doing what she loved!" Does that really make dying at a young age better for her? I love surfing but dying by getting eaten by a shark whilst surfing does not make it any better for me in my personal opinion. Maybe if I loved ping pong and I dropped dead while playing ping pong that my be a little different but her death had to have been horrific.

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