Mat George, The 26-Year-Old Cohost Of Podcast "She Rates Dogs," Has Died

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BuzzFeed News 18 July, 2021 - 04:11pm 25 views

George was struck by a car early Saturday; the driver fled the scene.

By Ryan Brooks

Last updated on July 18, 2021, at 5:51 p.m. ET

Posted on July 18, 2021, at 5:11 p.m. ET

The Los Angeles Police Department said the incident occurred around 2:20 a.m. when a white BMW hit a pedestrian in an unmarked crosswalk without stopping. The BMW then fled, and the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not identify the pedestrian in their statement, but George's podcast cohost, Michaela Okland, confirmed his death in a tweet.

"I would rather you guys here 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 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

George and Okland spoke about relationships and pop culture on their podcast, which grew from the Twitter account of the same name that posts anonymous screenshots of messages with terrible exes. George also regularly went viral with jokes on his personal Twitter account.

I’ve been in LA for a year and haven’t seen a single celebrity. My mom comes for a weekend and meets Snoop Dogg

Fans of the podcast and George's Twitter account were shocked by the news and tweeted about his content's effect on their lives.

"i didn’t know him but i read his tweets every day, his content was a part of my routine," one person tweeted. "i can’t believe shit like this is real and happens to people that i interact with daily. RIP Mat George:(."

"I know in years to come I’ll feel so lucky that there’s so many recordings of Mat’s laugh to revisit," she tweeted. "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. Thanks for talking about him."

In an interview with Shoutout Arizona last year, George said he wanted to make LGBTQ people feel connected.

"Growing up and being in the closet, I never knew anyone or heard about anyone who had similar experiences and fears that I had. 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," George said. "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.

The Los Angeles Police Department is offering a $50,000 reward to anyone who offers information that leads to the identification of the driver.

Correction: Michaela Okland's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.

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'She Rates Dogs' Podcast Host Mat George Killed in Hit & Run Accident at 26

Just Jared 18 July, 2021 - 05:00pm

Mat George, one of the co-hosts of the She Rates Dogs podcast, has tragically died at the young age of 26.

The podcast’s co-host Michaela Okland announced the news on her Twitter account on Saturday morning (July 17).

“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,” she wrote.

Local Los Angeles outlets have already reported details on what happened during the accident.

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

— michaela okland (@MichaelaOkla) July 17, 2021

CBS Los Angeles reported that Mat was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in a white BMW while he was walking southbound on Croft Avenue in the Beverly Grove community of Los Angeles. The car was moving east on Beverly Boulevard at around 2:20am this morning when it struck him. Mat was pronounced dead at the scene.

The BMW never stopped and police are asking for help to identify the motorist.

LAPD West Traffic Division detectives have asked anyone with information regarding the accident to call them at 213-473-0234 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

We are sending our condolences to Mat‘s loved ones during this difficult time.

Mat George death: Podcaster, 26, killed in a hit and run in Los Angeles

The Independent 18 July, 2021 - 12:54pm

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. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A driver of a white BMW, who failed to stop, is the focus of an investigation.

Michaela Okland, his co-host on the“She Rates Dogs” podcast, announced in a tweet on Saturday that she wanted to break the news to fans of the show before they heard it elsewhere. Their show offers relationship and life advice to listeners.

“I would rather you guys here [sic] this from me than a news article,” the podcaster wrote. “Mat was killed in a hit and run last night. I don’t really have any other words right now.”

She added that she wanted to reach out to all those who knew him personally, “but the news is already out and I just can’t do it right now”.

The podcaster had a loyal fanbase with 80,000 followers between Twitter and Instagram. On Friday he had tweeted: “I’m literally beautiful”.

One person tweeted in tribute: "Mat was such a beautiful kind person, this is so heartbreaking my God. Rest in Peace king."

“Mat was the funniest guy and his tweets always made my day,” wrote another. “Seeing so much of his life online made me feel close to him and I’m so incredibly sad. Please take care”.

Many of those paying tribute to George thanked him and his co-host for discussing “the journey and the mishaps of dating men” while also providing “modern relationship and life advice”, with a focus on the LGBT+ community.

Ms Okland thanked their fans for their messages of support. “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,” she wrote.

"He'd send me screenshots of your sweet messages,” she added. “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 & fuelled his joy. You really did know him," said Ms Okland of their fans. "He shared so much because he felt the people who listened to him were his friends."

The Los Angeles Police Department are asking for people who may have information about the hit and run to come forward.

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