Mat George has died at age 26. The She Rates Dogs: The Podcast co-host was killed within the early morning hours of Saturday, July 17, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to CBS Los Angeles.

The LAPD instructed the outlet {that a} white BMW struck George, who was strolling, and did not cease after doing so. George was pronounced useless on the scene by paramedics, the LAPD instructed the outlet.

Michaela Okland, George’s podcast co-host, moreover confirmed the information on Twitter.

“I would rather you guys here [sic] this from me than a news article. Mat was killed in a hit and run last night,” Okland wrote on Saturday. “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.”

“Thank you to everybody who’s reached out, I’m really sorry but I probably won’t respond for awhile even if we are close,” she added. “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.”

I might reasonably you guys right here this from me than a information article. Mat was killed in successful and run final evening. I don’t actually have some other phrases proper now. I want I may contact everyone who is aware of him personally however the information is already out and I simply can’t do it proper now

— michaela okland (@MichaelaOkla) July 17, 2021

Thank you to everyone who’s reached out, I’m actually sorry however I in all probability received’t reply for awhile even when we’re shut. And thanks a lot to everyone telling tales and sharing how he impacted you. Whenever you consider him sooner or later, please do speak about him

— michaela okland (@MichaelaOkla) July 18, 2021

Okland additionally shared a message on the She Rates Dogs Twitter account, revealing that she and George recorded yet one more episode of their podcast. Though the episode was initially scheduled to come back out Tuesday, Okland mentioned its launch would probably be pushed.

“I know in years to come I’ll feel so lucky that there’s so many recordings of Mat’s laugh to revisit,” the tweet learn. “I am not ready to talk about everything, or to have to use past-tense to describe him.”

“I think you all knew within 10 seconds of listening to him how vibrant, loving, accepting, and wonderful Mat George is,” Okland continued. “This community made him so happy. Your words and support made him so happy. Thanks for talking about him.”

or to have to make use of past-tense to explain him. I believe you all knew inside 10 seconds of listening to him how vibrant, loving, accepting, and great Mat George is. This group made him so comfortable. Your phrases and help made him so comfortable. Thanks for speaking about him

— She Rates Dogs: The Podcast (@sheratesdogspod) July 17, 2021

On She Rates Dogs, George and Okland shared unhealthy courting tales, mentioned popular culture and gave relationship recommendation. George was beloved for his humor on the present, and for candidly sharing his experiences as a homosexual man.

In a 2020 interview with Shoutout Arizona, George opened up about what impressed him to step into the comedy world, after initially pursuing a profession in drugs.

“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. 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,” he mentioned. “Eventually I started to tweet about them on my personal twitter account and people loved them. I then began to fall into comedy twitter, and started tweeting about different memes, trends and other funny topics that allowed me to show my creative side.”

“While this is all fun for me, I realized that I could actually make a difference with this. Growing up and being in the closet, I never knew anyone or heard about anyone who had similar experiences and fears that I had,” he continued. “My hopes for my Twitter account and She Rates Dogs: 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.”

Okland reiterated George’s previous feedback in a tweet on She Rates Dogs‘ account.

“So many of the kind messages I’ve gotten note the fact that you all ‘didn’t know mat in real life,’ but everybody who supported him truly meant more than you realize. He’d send me screenshots of your sweet messages, he shed tears when people told him he had helped them through issues (especially LGBT+ related),” she wrote. “He referenced DMs from you all the time and how much it made his week & fueled his joy. You really did know him. He shared so much because he felt the people who listened to him were his friends.”

helped them via points (particularly LGBT+ associated). He referenced DMs from you on a regular basis and the way a lot it made his week & fueled his pleasure. You actually did know him. He shared a lot as a result of he felt the individuals who listened to him have been his associates.

— She Rates Dogs: The Podcast (@sheratesdogspod) July 18, 2021

Anyone with info concerning the incident is urged to name the LAPD West Traffic Division at 213-473-0234 or Crime Stoppers at 800- 222-8477.