She Rates Dogs podcast host Mat George, 26, is killed in LA hit-and-run when BMW driver failed to stop while crossing street at 2am
- Mat George, 26, was mowed down around 2:20 a.m. while crossing Croft Avenue Avenue
- Co-host Michaela Okland confirmed the news in an emotional tribute on social media
- Los Angeles Police Department investigates and hunts driver of white BMW
The host of the podcast She Rates Dogs was killed on Saturday morning after being hit by a motorist in Los Angeles.
Mat George, 26, was mowed down around 2:20 a.m. while crossing Croft Avenue in Beverly Hills after the driver of a white BMW failed to stop in front of him.
Co-host Michaela Okland confirmed the news, tweeting, “I’d rather you have this from me here than a news article. Mat died in a hit-and-run last night.
‘I don’t really have any other words right now. I wish I could contact anyone who knows him personally, but the news is already out and I just can’t do it right now.’
Mat George – pictured with She Rates Dogs co-host Michaela Okland – died Saturday morning in a hit and run
Okland confirmed the tragic news in a Twitter post on Saturday, saying she “don’t really have any other words right now”
After a wave of tributes, she added: ‘Thank you to everyone who has reached out, I’m really sorry but I probably won’t respond for a while even though we’re close.
And thank you so much to everyone who tells stories and shares how he influenced you. If you think about him in the future, please talk about him.’
Police – who are investigating the incident – said the driver of a white BMW did not stop in front of George before continuing east on Beverly Boulevard.
The podcaster, a graduate of Arizona State University, died on the spot.
In tribute, American social media personality Britanny Broski tweeted, “Mat George was one of the first comedians I met on Twitter and truly one of the funniest people online in general.
“I can’t believe this is real. He was so sweet and always provided a smile when you needed one, we will miss you every day king.’
The podcaster, an Arizona State University graduate, died at the crash site
Social media personalities Britanny Broski and Ellie Schnitt were among those who paid tribute
Ellie Schnitt added: ‘Mat George was incomparably funny, incomparably nice and one of the best people I know. today is incredibly sad, and f****d, and unfair. we’re going to miss you so much.’
She Rates Dogs gathered tens of thousands of listeners with discussions about dating and relationships.
In December, George spoke about his transition from medical writer to podcasting.
He told Shoutout Arizona: “Before I transitioned from a life of medicine to a life of entertainment, a lot of questions went through my head. Some questions included was it worth it? Am I sure this is what I really wanted?
Police – who are investigating the incident – said the driver of a white BMW did not stop in front of George (left) before continuing east. Okland is well seen
“So I did it. I packed up my apartment and left my friends in Arizona to move to LA and start SheRatesDogs the Podcast with my best friend, Michaela Okland. Because this was the biggest risk I’ve ever taken, I was understandably a nervous wreck. 5 months later I can honestly say I’m SO glad I did this.’
George also shared his experience as a gay man in the podcast world, adding: “My hope for my twitter account and SheRatesDogs the Podcast is to share my stories and make LGBTQ+ people around the world feel like they’re not alone.” .
“The most rewarding moments are when members of the LGBTQ+ community reach out to me and tell me what a difference I’ve made in their lives.”