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Popular podcast host Mat George dies following a hit-and-run collision

Mat George
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Mathew George, the co-host of the podcast She Rates Dogs, has died at the age of 26.

George’s death was announced today by his co-host, Michaela Okland. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) reports that his death is the result of a hit-and-run collision in Beverly Hills that happened early this morning.

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The collision occurred on Beverly Boulevard in Beverly Hills at about 2:20 a.m. local time. The LAPD indicates that George was not walking in a marked crosswalk before being hit. The vehicle, a white BMW, continued eastbound without stopping after the incident. George was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Los Angeles coroner’s office confirmed that George’s identity afterwards, according to CBS Los Angeles.

“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 said in a tweet earlier today confirming George’s death.

The podcast, based on a social media page started by Okland, discussed “the journey and the mishaps of dating men” from episode to episode. The podcast’s Instagram page biography reads, “The Dogs are ur exes.”

George was a comedian, media personality and entertainer who graduated from Arizona State University in 2017 after studying biology. He formerly worked at OrthoArizona and was a creator that contributed content via the digital app Fanhouse.

After the podcast started in 2020, George recounted his decision to leave medicine and focus on entertainment in an interview with Shoutout Arizona this past December.

“I knew it was risky but I also knew that if I didn’t try I would never stop wondering what could’ve been,” he said. “So I did it. I packed up my apartment and left my friends in Arizona to move to LA…. 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,” he concluded.

He explained that coming out to his community in college made him realize “A lot of these stories were funny to others, which then gave me more confidence to start sharing them with even more people.”

Just in March, George recounted his coming out to his family on Twitter.

“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 in the interview.

He also 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.”

After announcing her co-host’s death, Okland further said via the podcast’s Twitter, “I know in years to come I’ll feel so lucky that there’s so many recordings of Mat’s laugh to revisit.”

Tributes have already begun pouring in for the young entertainer. Nearly every post online remembering George recounts how much joy and laughter he bought to others.

Meanwhile, the LAPD is actively investigating and request that anyone with information share tips with them by calling the West Traffic Division office at 213-473-0222, or contacting Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to include the correct number for contacting the Los Angeles Police Department’s West Traffic Division. According to a tweet by Sloane Hughes, you can connect directly to an officer by pressing ‘5’ after hearing the automated message.

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