Mat George dead: She Rates Dogs podcast host was 26

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EW.com 19 July, 2021 - 08:54am 12 views

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Mat George, a popular podcaster and internet personality, has died aged 26 in a hit and run incident in Los Angeles. The podcast host, originally from Arizona, was struck shortly after 2am on Saturday in the Beverly Grove neighbourhood of Los Angeles, according to police. The IndependentMat George death: Podcaster, 26, killed in a hit and run in Los Angeles

According to reports, George was struck by a BMW on Saturday in the Beverly Grove community. His podcast host Michaela Okland confirmed the news on Twitter.

"I would rather you guys [hear] this from me than a news article. Mat was killed in a hit and run last night," Okland tweeted. "I don't really have any other words right now. I wish I could contact everybody who knows him personally but the news is already out and I just can't do it right now."

George's podcast, which he cohosted for just over a year, focused on relationship advice and dating stories. He was known for speaking openly about his experiences from an LGBTQ perspective, which earned him many fans who appreciated his comedic wit, honesty, and charismatic personality.

In a December interview with Shoutout Arizona, George admitted he wasn't sure if he could make it in Los Angeles in the entertainment industry, but that those reservations ended up helping him become successful with She Rates Dogs.

"Towards the end of my college days at Arizona State University, I started to share my experiences as a gay man with different people I was close to," he said in the interview. "Their reactions made me realize that a lot of these stories were funny to others, which then gave me more confidence to start sharing them with even more people."

Okland tweeted from the She Rates Dogs account, telling fans that she and George had recorded what would end up being George's final episode and that while it was originally supposed to come out Tuesday, it will now "likely be put on hold."

"I am not ready to talk about everything, or to have to use past tense to describe him," Okland admitted.

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Mat George, 'She Rates Dogs' Podcast Co-Host, Dead at 26 Following Hit-and-Run

PEOPLE 19 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

The Los Angeles Police Department said that George was struck in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles on Saturday morning around 2:20 a.m. while walking in an unmarked crosswalk, according to CBS Los Angeles. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death was confirmed by his podcast co-host Michaela Okland, who broke the news to their fans on social media.  

"I would rather you guys here [sic] this from me than a news article. Mat was killed in a hit and run," she wrote on Saturday afternoon. "I don't really have any other words right now. I wish I could contact everybody who knows him personally but the news is already out and I just can't do it right now."

Hours later Okland shared a follow-up message, thanking all of their fans and loved ones for "telling stories" about "how he impacted you."

"Thank you so much," she wrote. "Whenever you think of him in the future, please do talk about him."

His death was also mourned by his friends and fans, who posted touching tributes on social media.

"Mat George was the funniest person I know hands down, funnier than most career comedians. I told him that every time we talked. His career barely got started and I was so excited to watch him succeed. I'm at a loss for words. Rest In Peace," wrote pal and comedian Abby Govindan.

"Mat george's death is hitting me unusually hard. i didnt know the man one bit but i would see his tweets and interactions on the tl all the time. he seemed like the epitome of a great dude and it sucks so bad that he's gone," wrote one fan, as another added, "he was always a bright spot on my timeline. His vulnerability and humor made me feel a little more at home in my own skin."

On their podcast, George and Okland discussed "the journey and the mishaps of dating men" while also providing "modern relationship and life advice." 

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George's podcast co-host went on to share another emotional series of messages, noting that she wasn't sure when she would be able to put out another episode.

"Hi everybody, Michaela here. Mat and I recorded one more episode that was meant to come out Tuesday but it will likely be put on hold. I know in years to come I'll feel so lucky that there's so many recordings of Mat's laugh to revisit," Okland wrote on their podcast's Twitter account.

"I am not ready to talk about everything, or to have to use past-tense to describe him. I think you all knew within 10 seconds of listening to him how vibrant, loving, accepting, and wonderful Mat George is. This community made him so happy. Your words and support made him so happy," she continued. 

Reflecting on the impact his fans had on his life, Okland wrote that "so many of the kind messages I've gotten note the fact that you all 'didn't know mat in real life,' but everybody who supported him truly meant more than you realize."

"He'd send me screenshots of your sweet messages, he shed tears when people told him he had helped them through issues (especially LGBT+ related). He referenced DMs from you all the time and how much it made his week & fueled his joy. You really did know him," she added. "He shared so much because he felt the people who listened to him were his friends."

George decided to pursue comedy and entertainment after studying biology in college.

"Towards the end of my college days at Arizona State University I started to share my experiences as a gay man with different people I was close to. Their reactions made me realize that a lot of these stories were funny to others, which then gave me more confidence to start sharing them with even more people," he told Shoutout Arizona last year, adding that he hoped that by opening up he could help "make LGBTQ+ people all across the world feel like they're not alone."

"I knew it was risky but I also knew that if I didn't try I would never stop wondering what could've been," George added of his big career change. 

Who was Mat George and how did he die?...

The US Sun 19 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.

The media star was best known for hosting the popular podcast SheRatesDogs.

Mat George, 26, was an internet and media personality.

He was an alum of Arizona State University and was working as a medical scribe.

However, he ditched his career plans and moved to Los Angeles with his best friend Michaela Okland.

The pair were the hosts of SheRatesDogs, which focuses on “the journey and the mishaps of dating men” in addition to life advice and popular topics.

George was struck and killed by a white BMW heading eastbound on Beverly Boulevard, in Los Angeles, at around 2.30am the morning of Saturday, July 17, 2021.

He reportedly was not crossing the street at a marked crosswalk and the BMW continued eastbound without stopping, the LAPD said.

George was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation surrounding his death is still ongoing.

His passing was first confirmed by Okland on Twitter.

“I would rather you guys here [sic] this from me than a news article. Mat was killed in a hit and run last night,” Okland wrote.

“I don’t really have any other words right now. I wish I could contact everybody who knows him personally but the news is already out and I just can’t do it right now.”

News of George’s death shocked his fanbase as many took to social media to wish his family their condolences.

One user wrote: “Oh my gosh I’m so sorry Mat was such a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.”

Another said: "Mat was such a beautiful kind person, this is so heartbreaking my god. Rest in Peace king.”

A third wrote: "Never met him in person, but he was always a bright spot on my timeline. His vulnerability and humor made me feel a little more at home in my own skin.

"This is tragic news and I'm sorry for such a sudden loss of what seemed like an incredible guy."

George had a following of over 80,000 people on social media and used his platform to share his experiences as a gay man and to campaign for equality for the LGBTQ+ community.

"While this is all fun for me, I realized that I could actually make a difference with this," he said on Instagram.

"My hopes for my Twitter account and SheRatesDogs the Podcast is to share my stories and make LGBTQ+ people all across 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."

She Rates Dogs podcast host Mat George, 26, is killed in a hit and run

Daily Mail 19 July, 2021 - 01:02pm

By Rory Tingle For Dailymail.com

The host of the She Rates Dogs podcast was killed Saturday morning after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Los Angeles.

Mat George, 26, was mowed down at around 2.20am at he crossed Croft Avenue in Beverly Hills after the driver of a white BMW failed to stop for him.

Confirming the news, co-host Michaela Okland tweeted: 'I would rather you guys here this from me than a news article. Mat was killed in a hit and run last night.

'I don't really have any other words right now. I wish I could contact everybody 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 in a hit and run Saturday morning

Okland confirmed the tragic news in a Twitter post Saturday, saying she 'don't really have any other words right now' 

Following a wave of tributes, she added: 'Thank you to everybody who's reached out, I'm really sorry but I probably won't respond for a while even if we are close.

'And thank you so much to everybody telling stories and sharing how he impacted you. Whenever you think of him in the future, please do talk about him.'

Police – who are investigating the incident - said the driver of a white BMW failed to stop for George before continuing eastbound on Beverly Boulevard.

The podcaster, a graduate of Arizona State University, died at the scene.

Paying tribute, US social media personality Britanny Broski tweeted: 'Mat George was one of the first comedians I met on twitter and genuinely one of the funniest people online in general.

'I cannot believe this is real. He was so sweet and always provided a laugh when you needed one, we'll miss you every day king.'

 The podcaster, a graduate of Arizona State University, died at the scene of the collision

Social media personalities Britanny Broski and Ellie Schnitt were among those to pay tribute 

Ellie Schnitt added: 'Mat George was incomparably funny, incomparably kind, and one of the best people I've known. today is incredibly sad, and f****d up, and unfair. we're going to miss you so much.'

She Rates Dogs racked up tens of thousands of listeners with discussions about dating and relationships. 

In December, George spoke about about his transition from being a medical scribe into podcasting.

He told Shoutout Arizona: 'Before switching from a life that was going towards medicine to a life in entertainment there were a lot of questions going through my mind. 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 failed to stop for George (left) before continuing eastbound. Okland is seen right 

'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. With this being the biggest risk I've ever taken, I was understandably a nervous wreck. 5 months later I can honestly say that I am SO happy that I did this.'

George also opened up about his experience as a gay man in the podcasting world, and added: 'My hopes for my twitter account and SheRatesDogs the Podcast is to share my stories and make LGBTQ+ people all across 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.' 

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