She Rates Dogs podcast host Mat George, 26, is killed in LA hit-and-run when BMW driver failed to stop while he was crossing street at 2am
- Mat George, 26, was mowed down at around 2.20am at he crossed Croft Avenue
- Co-host Michaela Okland confirmed news in an emotional social media tribute
- Los Angeles Police Department investigating and hunting driver of a white BMW
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.’