Mat George, who co-hosted the podcast “She Rates Dogs,” was killed in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles over the weekend, according to his colleague.
Michaela Okland, George’s co-host on the podcast, broke the news on Twitter on Sunday.
“I would rather you guys here [sic] this from me than a news article,” she stated. “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.”
Okland followed up with a tweet that reads, “I know he’s laughing at me for having such a stupid typo in the first sentence of this.”
The Los Angeles Police Department has not publicly identified the 26-year-old as a victim of a hit and run. However, the LAPD noted in a statement that a hit-and-run occurred in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles around 2:20 a.m on Saturday; a person driving a white BMW hit a pedestrian and kept on driving, police said.
George was known for his witty takes on dating and pop culture, as the New York Times report. He was also vocal about his gay identity.
“Growing up and being in the closet, I never knew anyone or heard about anyone who had similar experiences and fears that I had,” George told Shoutout Arizona last year. “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 hit podcast focused mostly on dating but it often touched on pop culture and other subjects.
As social media users share stories of George in remembrance, Okland wrote, ”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.”
The Los Angeles Police Department is looking for information about the car in the hit and run. Anyone with info can call LAPD West Traffic Division detectives at (213) 473-0234 or dial Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.