Mat George, the 26-year-old co-host of the podcast “She Rates Dogs” identified for his humorous takes on courting, popular culture and his id as a homosexual man, was struck and killed by a automotive in Los Angeles on Saturday in what the authorities known as a hit-and-run.
The Los Angeles Police Department stated in an announcement that the hit-and-run occurred in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles round 2:20 a.m.
A pedestrian had been strolling in an unmarked crosswalk when a white BMW struck him and drove away. The pedestrian died at the scene, the police stated.
The division didn’t affirm whether or not the pedestrian was Mr. George, however the assertion stated the pedestrian was a 26-year-old Arizona resident. Mr. George graduated from Arizona State University in 2017, in line with his LinkedIn web page.
Michaela Okland, his buddy and co-host on the podcast, confirmed his demise on Twitter.
On the present, the 2 co-hosts swapped courting tales and shared their ideas on psychological well being, “The Bachelorette” and Britney Spears.
“He loved singing along to songs he didn’t know the words to, pretending to be straight to get on reality dating shows and talking in really bad accents,” Ms. Okland stated in an announcement.
Ms. Okland stated Mr. George wished to assist L.G.B.T.Q. individuals really feel accepted as a result of that’s what he had longed for when he was youthful. He hosted a weekly on-line e-book membership and invited all of his followers to hitch, Ms. Okland stated.
In an interview in December with the web site Shoutout Arizona, Mr. George stated he had questioned whether or not he would have the ability to help himself after transferring to Los Angeles final 12 months to pursue a profession in leisure.
“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 stated. “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.”
Abby Govindan, a standup comic and author primarily based in New York, stated on Twitter on Saturday that Mr. George by no means took himself too significantly when individuals mocked him on Twitter.
“Mat got harassed on here by strangers relentlessly but he had an impeccable talent for taking it in stride and turning it into a joke for his followers to laugh at,” Ms. Govindan stated.
Mr. George’s humorous takes usually drew widespread consideration on Twitter. Last week, he shared a photograph of his mom and Snoop Dogg.
“I’ve been in LA for a year and haven’t seen a single celebrity,” he wrote. “My mom comes for a weekend and meets Snoop Dogg.”
When different customers stated the person was most likely a doppelgänger of the rapper, Mr. George stated: “Can everyone stop saying it’s not Snoop Dogg. My mom’s gonna be heartbroken the next time she logs onto Twitter.”
In 2017, Mr. George drew consideration after he devised a inventive solution to measure a microwave he was promoting. When somebody on Facebook requested him for measurements, he posted a photograph of vodka bottles subsequent to the microwave for comparability.
“I don’t have a tape measurer but it’s about as tall as a 5th of berry new Amsterdam and has a length of a berry and mango 5th of new am,” he wrote.
According to his LinkedIn web page, Mr. George labored as a medical scribe in Phoenix, taking medical data from sufferers, for almost three years after he graduated from school, the place he studied biology.
A buddy, Isaac Lee, stated he bonded with Mr. George in school as a result of each of them have been closeted and in the identical fraternity, Sigma Pi. Mr. Lee stated Mr. George would have appreciated that his identify was trending on Twitter after he died. “He loved being in the spotlight and he liked making people happy,” he stated.
Mr. George was initially from Liberty, Mo., in line with his Facebook web page. He was born on May 14, 1995, Mr. Lee stated. Information about survivors was not instantly obtainable.
The Police Department is providing a reward of as much as $50,000 for details about the hit-and-run driver.
Ms. Okland stated on Twitter that she and Mr. George had recorded yet one more episode of “She Rates Dogs,” however “it will likely be put on hold.”
“My hope going forward is that people continue to talk about Mat and share his stories,” she stated, “because a little bit of the future he wanted can be preserved that way.”