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Mat George, the 26-year-old co-host of She Rates Dogs podcast, known for his humorous views on dating, pop culture and his identity as a gay man, was hit by a car and killed in the Los Angeles on Saturday what the authorities called a hit-and-run.
Los Angeles police said in a statement that the hit and run took place at around 2:20 a.m. in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles
A pedestrian was walking on an unmarked zebra crossing when a white BMW hit him and drove away. The pedestrian died at the scene, the police said.
The Department did not confirm whether the pedestrian was Mr. George, but the statement said the pedestrian was a 26-year-old Arizona resident. According to his LinkedIn page, Mr. George graduated from Arizona State University in 2017.
Michaela Okland, his girlfriend and co-host of the podcast, confirmed his death on Twitter.
On the show, the two co-hosts exchanged dating stories and shared their mental health thoughts, “The Bachelorette” and Britney Spears.
“He loved singing along to songs he didn’t know the words, pretending to be there to get on reality dating shows, and speaking with really bad accents,” Ms. Okland said in one Explanation.
Ms. Okland said Mr. George wanted to help LGBTQ people feel accepted because he longed for it when he was younger. He hosted an online weekly book club and invited all of his followers to join in, Ms. Okland said.
In a December interview with Shoutout Arizona website, George said he was wondering if he could be self-sufficient after moving to Los Angeles last year to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
“Towards the end of my college years at Arizona State University, I began to share my experiences as a gay man with various people who were close to me,” he said. “Your reactions made me realize that a lot of these stories were funny to others, which then gave me more confidence to share them with more people.”
Abby Govindan, a New York-based stand-up comedian and writer, said on Twitter on Saturday that Mr. George never took himself too seriously when people mocked him on Twitter.
“Mat was relentlessly harassed by strangers here, but he had an impeccable knack for taking it calmly and turning it into a joke that his followers could laugh about,” said Ms. Govindan.
“I’ve been in LA for a year and haven’t seen a single celebrity,” he wrote. “My mother is coming for a weekend and meets Snoop Dogg.”
When other users said the man was likely a rapper doppelganger, Mr. George said, “Anyone can stop saying it’s not Snoop Dogg. The next time she logs on to Twitter, my mother’s heart will be broken. “
In 2017, Mr. George caught on after finding a creative way to measure a microwave he sold. When someone asked him for measurements on Facebook, he posted a photo of vodka bottles next to the microwave for comparison.
“I don’t have a tape measure, but it’s about the size of a fifth of the new Amsterdam berry and a berry and a mango five meters long,” he wrote.
According to his LinkedIn page, Mr. George worked as a medical writer in Phoenix for nearly three years, taking medical information from patients after graduating from college where he studied biology.
A friend, Isaac Lee, said he joined Mr. George in college because they were both locked up and in the same brotherhood, Sigma Pi. Mr Lee said Mr George would have appreciated that his name was trending on Twitter after his death. “He loved being in the spotlight and he loved making people happy,” he said.
Mr. George was originally from Liberty, Missouri, according to his Facebook page. He was born on May 14, 1995, said Mr. Lee. Information on survivors was not immediately available.
The police are offering a reward of up to $ 50,000 for information about the hit and run driver.
Mrs. Okland continued Twitter that she and Mr. George had recorded another episode of She Rates Dogs, but “It will likely be put on hold”.
“My hope for the future is that people will keep talking about Mat and sharing his stories,” she said, “because a little bit of the future he wanted can be saved that way.”